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Nigeria-elections: the two main parties hold their primary

The two main Nigerian political parties must designate this weekend their candidates in the elections scheduled for February 2019, including the presidential elections in primary.

Unless surprise, the current president Muhammadu Buhari, candidate for his own succession, should be appointed Saturday by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

the PDP had been ousted by the Buhari CPA in 2015, after 16 years in power, during the first political alternation in Nigeria since the return to democracy in 1999.

A dozen candidates compete for the PDP’s presidential ticket during these primaries in the oil city of Port Harcourt (Rivers State) in the south-east of the country.

According to local officials, at least 4,000 delegates from 36 states and the territory of the capital Abuja are expected to vote in the event, which will end on Sunday.

The main candidates are former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, 71, who has already appeared four times in the presidential election, the Senate Speaker Bukola Saraki, the governor of the state of Sokoto (north) Aminu Tambuwal and Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano State (north).

“We are expecting a very good agreement, we are working hard to put in place a credible, free, fair and acceptable process,” Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who chairs the organizing committee, told reporters. primaries.

More than 12,000 policemen have been deployed in Port Harcourt to make sure there are no incidents, according to state police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni.

In Abuja (North), some 7,000 PCA delegates are also scheduled to gather on Saturday to confirm the appointment of President Buhari, in primaries that are similar to a formality, since he is the only candidate.

According to spokesman Garba Shehu, there is “nothing extraordinary” about giving the outgoing president priority if he wants to run for another term.

Nigerians will be called to the polls in February and March 2019 to elect a new president, but also their governors and deputies.

President Buhari, a 75-year-old former general, is now widely criticized, particularly for his economic policies and his inability to stop violence in the most populous country in Africa, with 180 million inhabitants.

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