The running mate to the late governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 21, 2015 governorship election in Kogi state, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke has accused the state governor, Yahaya Bello, of harassing his supporters and kinsmen.
Faleke, who made the accusation while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, alleged that his allies were being framed up, arrested and charged to court because they do not believe in the leadership of Governor Bello.
Faleke, who is a member of the House of Representatives, said, “We are law abiding citizens. When a supplementary election in Kogi was announced, of course we were angry but we did not take the laws into our hands, we took our case to the Tribunal.
“It is important for me to state clearly that some weeks ago, my community received information that my community -Ekirin-Ade, in Ijumu local government – that the wife of the governor was coming to commission a healthcare centre. A health centre built in 2007 and commissioned in 2007.
“To compound matters, the community leaders have been contributing to run the centre and the people decided to stay at home and refused to receive the governor’s wife. But the police, induced by the governor went after my supporters, breaking into their houses and arresting them,” he said.
Faleke explained that the administration of Bello only changed the doors of the clinic and painted it. This led to the opposition against the commissioning by the people.
According to him, the police went ahead to arrest Hon. Cornelius Olowokere who was taken to the Kogi State Police Command and subsequently charged to court on Tuesday.
Faleke, therefore, called on the federal government to caution the actions of governor Bello.
He said, “We want the federal government to call him (Governor Bello) to order because Kogi is known for so many bad things. If you are there to govern the people, you should offer service within the time that you are there and stop harassing people.
“I’m appealing to Governor Yahaya Bello to leave our people alone. He should leave the people of Ijumu alone.
“In Benue, it is the Fulani herdsmen killing people, but in Kogi we are talking about our own government wanting to kill our people. We have reported to the party leadership in the state. But the governor has told the chairman that the party did not vote for him. We have written to the IG of Police. I believe the IGP will take action,” he added.