Court backs Umaru Yar’Adua. (BBC)

A Nigerian court has ruled in favor of ailing Nigerian president Umaru Yar’Adua who has been away in Saudi Arabia for a heart ailment since November last year. There have been calls for him to hand over power to his vice to arrest the power vacuum situation. The court dismissed the call for an interim president to be appointed while Yar’Adua remains indisposed, adding that there is no constitutional requirement for him to write to parliament informing it about his condition.

The case was filed by the Nigerian Bar association and it would have been thought that they will know better than to file this particular case. The court says the vice president can act on the president’s behalf without being formally appointed as interim leader.