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Fighting mars Nigeria’s ruling party primaries

Nigerian police used teargas on Saturday to quell fighting between supporters of rival candidates for governor in Niger and Plateau states as the ruling party began gubernatorial primaries across the nation. In central Benue state, one policeman was killed by a mob protesting against the outcome of an earlier primary to pick members of the state house of assembly — the latest death to mar preparations for Nigeria’s landmark elections next year. The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is trying to pick its candidates to contest state and federal posts in elections next April that should mark the first democratic transition in Africa’s most populous nation. Full Story

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