A Nigerian court has ordered the country's electoral body to include the name of Vice President Atiku Abubakar on a list of candidates for this month's presidential election.

The ruling comes just hours after a decision by the Nigerian Court of Appeal that stated the electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission had the right to disqualify candidates.

The electoral body excluded Abubakar's name from the official list because he had been indicted on fraud charges in March.

Voting for the country's 36 state governors and state parliaments is to take place April 14, with elections for president and the federal legislature a week later.

The vote is expected to mark the first democratic transition in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.