The running mate to the late candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 21 and December 5, 2015 governorship polls in Kogi State, James Faleke, berated Governor Yahaya Bello for buying into the proposed cattle colony policy of the Federal Government without allegedly consulting widely.
The House of Representatives member advised the governor against running the state like a personal estate, just as he urged him to convoke a stakeholders’ meeting on herdsmen/farmers’ clashes.
In a telephone interview with the press in Lokoja noted that herdsmen and the indigenes had been co-existing peacefully over the years except for few skirmishes in the eastern senatorial district of the state.
He said: “So taking a unilateral decision about colonies was wrong when he should know that the land belongs to families and ancestral lineages. You cannot take over land by fiat without the people’s willingness. Such move would fester the crisis.