Parliament said it had halted the project due to the backlash ahead of a planned street protest on Saturday
The country's 3.4 million eligible voters are called to elect 1,527 municipal councillors to six-year terms, renewable twice, in 117 towns.
Nigeria had been a key backer of the plan for several years, yet suddenly pulled out last March
Abiri denies charges of sending text messages to oil companies threatening to blow up their facilities
"I hereby notify you of my decision to step down. This unfortunate controversy is based only on untruths." -Aliou Sall
More than 1,000 people have fled their homes because of the unrest in the region
In early June, Boni Yayi had received a court summons but his lawyers had refused due to his health problems
Mr Aristide Gomes is named prime minister," a presidential decree said, adding that Gomes would be appointed on Saturday.