The opposition PDP in Cross River State has vehemently rejected the accusations by the governing APC that it has connived with some retired military generals and police in the state to import armed soldiers for this weekend’s governorship election.
In an interview, the chairman of the PDP in the state, Venatius Ikem also rejected the allegation that his party and key leaders have been very violent and in fact, further planning to cause mayhem and attack dignitaries of APC before the election.
The Chairman of the APC, Alphonsus Eba had accused the PDP and key leaders of the party of being bloodthirsty, arming soldiers and planning mayhem, including the possible assassination of APC leaders.
He said the party will vehemently resist the retired military and police officers from intimidating his members and voters.
“The February 23, presidential election was marred by intimidation and broad day brandishing of arms during the exercise by the opposition party, PDP.
“The opposition party used retired military personnel who wants to play politics through gangsterism, cultism and intimidation to disenfranchise thousands of voters. This is unwholesome and barbaric.
“We are going to resist any attempts by a group of retired military personnel to militarise the gubernatorial election across the state.
“This time around we are ready and prepared to rise against any form of intimidation.
“I have written petitions to both the Inspector General of Police and Chief of Air Staff against their retired men for action”.”
Reacting, Ikem said the APC chairman was crying out of frustration arising from his party’s monumental loss.
“We are not violent like his Party. They unleashed violence on us during the Senate Primaries. We didn’t respond, except by defeating them.
“They again unleashed violence on us during the House of Representatives by-elections for Ogoja/ Yala federal constituency elections. They enjoyed a pyrrhic victory for about 12 months and we went back to the drawing board, blocked all avenues for violence by mobilizing adequate security and they were thoroughly beaten despite the incumbent governor being on the ballot. What else do you expect him to do apart from crying?”