The running mate to the late Abubakar Audu in the November 2015 Kogi State governorship poll, Mr. James Faleke, on Tuesday asked the Federal Government to caution the state Governor, Yahaya Bello.
Audu was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the election, but suddenly died before the results of the election were fully declared.
The party had replaced Audu with Bello, who was eventually declared the winner of the subsequent by-election.
However, Feleke, disagreeing with the decision of his party, had resorted to the courts to seek to be declared as the governor of the state.
Faleke, who spoke in Abuja, complained that Bello had resorted to intimidating and “harassing” his kinsmen and political associates, particularly in Ijumu and Ekinna-Adde since he was inaugurated as the governor in January this year.
He accused Bello of using the police to intimidate his supporters and arresting them on “trumped-up charges” just to score political points.
Faleke stated, “The Federal Government should caution Yahaya Bello. He should use the little time he has to concentrate on the development of the state.
“He should stop intimidating the people of Kogi State, especially the people of Ijumu and Ekinna-Adde, who are peaceful and law-abiding.
“Yahaya Bello has been looking for our trouble. It is enough.”
Faleke, who is a member of the House of Representatives, recalled the attacks on the homes of Mr. Funsho Olumoko and Mr. Cornelius Olowo by the police over claims that they were not supporting the activities of the state government.
In the case of Olowo, he said he was arrested by the police over allegation of “inciting” the people against the government.
“He was arrested last night (Monday); this morning (Tuesday), they charged him for inciting the public against the government and was later granted bail”, Faleke added.
On the part of Olumoko, the lawmaker told reporters that his offence was that he mobilised people to oppose the “re-commissioning” of a health centre in his community by Bello’s wife a few weeks back.”