Elders of the All Progressives Congress in Anambra state have advised governorship aspirants of the party to play acccording to rules ahead of the Saturday primary election.
They expressed confidence in the party’s conduct of a free, fair and credible election, saying anything contrary would mar their chances of victory in the November 6 poll.
Addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Nnewi, the industrial city of the state, the Chairman of the forum, Cheif Innocent Obi said all the aspirants were qualified for the race in view of what he described as their intimidating resume.
He said, “We the members of elders forum as an advisory body are interested in effective smooth running of the party and to ensure APC comes out victorious in the Nov 6 election and I think we’re 60percent there given what’s presently on ground.
“We’ve interacted with some of our aspirants. In them we see unbeatable team with intimidating CV and acumen and no match with any other party in the state. But there must be synergy among the party hirechy.
“We want to plead with all the organs involved in this primary to play acccording to rules and not to tamper with the established democratic rules for selection. We have our constitution as a guide.
“There must be free, fair and credible primary for us to win the November election. Anything contrary will be a big threat to our chances of victory.
“We’re coming out very united to conduct the primary. As long as the primary is conducted creditably, everyone should go and sleep. We’re not afraid of anything or anyone.”
Obi however dismissed alleged purchase of party ticket by one of the aspirants, describing anyone contemplating such while his colleagues were busy campaigning as bad loser.
He added, “It’s unscientific to dwell on rumours. But it can only keep you on guard. All our delegates, both at the states and national levels are men of impeccable character who can’t be bought by money and will play by the rules.
“We won’t allow anyone to buy the APC ticket. All the contestants are all qualified to rule Anambra state. Whoever wins the ticket will deliver. So no need buying the ticket, whoever does that must be a bad loser and is not justifiable.
“Our role is to say no. Anyone thinking of buying the ticket anywhere while his colleagues are busy campaigning, that person has already a failure on arrival. That means he’s afraid of losing.”