The Cross River state government has named some leading members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in electoral violence as well as gun-running in the recently concluded bye-elections in the state.
In a statement by the State Attorney General, Joe Abang, the government claimed that the duo of Venatius Ikem and Paul Adah were responsible for importing criminals into Obudu to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the bye-elections in Obudu State Constituency.
According to the Attorney General, the information is made possible following the arrest and arraignment of the criminals whom the government has promptly charged to court.
He said: “The decision to allow Abbey Ukpukpen, who is from Abi LGA of Cross River State but legally married to Hon. Stephen Ukpukpen of Obudu LGA to contest the House of Assembly Bye-election did not go down well with some Obudu sons, notably Venatius Ikem and Paul Adah of the opposition party. This information was obtained after thorough interrogation of the arrested miscreants.”
However, Paul Adah, a former member of the House of Representatives has denied the allegation maintaining that he has never been involved with such vices. He said: “In my entire political life I have never been involved in politics of cultism. Those who know how I play politics in my constituency will never link me with cultism.
“In this last elections it is normal that I will support the candidate of my party but I will never go to the extent of using thugs to want to influence or win any elections”, he maintained.”