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PRIMARY. That which is first or principal; as primary evidence, or that evidence which is to be admitted in the first instance, as distinguished from secondary evidence, which is allowed only when primary evidence cannot be had.
     2. A primary obligation is one which is the principal object of the contract; for example, the primary obligation of the seller is to deliver the thing sold, and to transfer the title to it. It is distinguished from the accessory or secondary obligation to pay damages for not doing so. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 702.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Yet all taxpayers pay for these conventions and the cost of the primary election. This is not fair to taxpayers who are not members of the two political parties (some 39 percent of eligible voters).
The court might even say we should conduct another primary election. Court will have to decide before I let go.'
After reaching toward the ideological extremes to win their parties' nomination in the primary election, candidates scurry back to the political center in the general election campaign.
Justice Adepoju held that the PDP National Working Committee cannot hold a valid primary election without recourse to the Ogun State chapter of the party or outright approval of the party until the judgment against it by Justice Buba has been set aside by a higher court.
He won the primary elections by 1 485 to 797 of former MP, Mr John Toto.
But beyond those races, the primary election loses some of its usual luster.
Because the business of primary election was for the committee to pay a courtesy call to the party and they go away to do their job.
Speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday, BDP secretary general, Mr Mpho Balopi said as a party they pride themselves for having relentlessly over the years managed to hold their primary elections without fear.
According to him: 'The leadership and some critical stakeholders of the APC Aspirants Forum had serious engagements with some powerful elder statesmen, stakeholders and delegations from the Presidency to address the most serious grievances of our loyal and committed members of the forum across the country during the recently concluded primary elections.
A news release from BDP states that in accordance with the BDP regulations for conduct of primary elections and the constitution of the BDP, the elections will be conducted under the supervision of the electoral board.
The aggrieved politician added that: 'They sold forms to us, screened and cleared us to run without telling us that we had any problems, but they didn't provide a fair playing ground to all the aspirants during the primary elections. In fact, no election had taken place, they only nominated candidates for the party.'
THE crisis over the conduct of primary elections by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi state continued on Tuesday as aspirants from Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency demanded immediate conduct of a free, fair, transparent and credible primary election for the constituency.