By Ike Uchechukwu & Emma Una
The Cross River State Government, yesterday, accused two governorship aspirants on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Venatius Ikem and Mr Paul Adah, of sponsoring violence during the just concluded Obudu state constituency bye elections won by Abbey Ukpukpen, widow of the late lawmaker, Mr Stephen Ukpupken on August 10, 2018.
Briefing newsmen at the state Executive chambers, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Cross River State, Mr. Joe Abang, said that the confessional statements obtained from the suspects by the police indicated that the two APC governorship aspirants were the brains behind the violence.
Reacting, both aspirants denied the allegation, saying that they had no hands in what they were being accused of by the state government.
“On the issue of cultism, Paul Adah, never brought cultists to Obudu for a mere state House of Assembly bye-election. I never did it in the three elections I have participated in, and will never do it. I am not even aware that cultists were arrested not to talk of going to the police station to intervene,” he said in an SMS to Vanguard.
Also, Venatius Ikem said the people who were arrested were not held because of election but on trumped up charges, more so as no warrant was issued for his arrest.