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APGA, KOWA PARTY SHELVE PRIMARIES

By NBF News
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BARELY a week to the submission of candidates' lists to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the general elections, Kowa Party (KOWP) in Borno has rescheduled its primary elections till next week.

The decision, according to the state chairman of the party, Mohammed Kyari, was taken in order to wait for defeated aspirants in the state from other parties to contest on the platform of the KOWP.

Also, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) said the postponement of its primary election in Ebonyi State till tomorrow received the approval of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

National Publicity Secretary of APGA, Bernard Akoma, who disclosed this yesterday in Abakaliki, noted that unlike what obtained in other political parties, the primary elections in APGA was uniting the party.

He also disclosed that the party would conduct both the state and National Assembly primaries on the same day while the aspirants' names and pictures would appear on the ballot papers.

The KOWP, according to Kyari, is a unique party in which anyone could join and use to contest the general elections.

Speaking at a media briefing in Maiduguri, Kyari added: 'The re-rescheduling of the primary elections into the various elective positions at the National and State Houses of Assembly was a deliberate policy reached by the state executives to register more members.'

He stressed that by the time the primary elections were concluded in other parties, many aspirants would join the KOWP to contest in the general elections.