Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has boasted that his preferred candidate, Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), will win the governorship election in the state.
Mr Amosun also advised the federal government against deploying soldiers to the state for the polls, even as he assured that the elections would be free of violence in the state.
He stated this on Monday night at the New Year cross-over fanfare held at Oke-Ilewo in Abeokuta.
Amosun is running for the Senate on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform.
The governor has been supporting Mr Akinlade who moved to the APM after losing the APC ticket to Dapo Abiodun.
Mr Amosun boasted that his protégé will beat Mr Abiodun and other contestants and emerge as the next governor to take over from him in May.
“Let us prove to the world that Ogun State is known for peace and a state which has produced a number of eminent personalities in the country.
“Let us tell them that we don’t need the service of the military and police for the conduct of election because we are going to comport ourselves as peaceful people.
“And for the youth, don’t allow yourself to be used as political thugs. Anybody who approaches for such, tell them to bring out their children to join in the thuggery,” Amosun said.
The crossover ceremony attracted a number of fun-seekers who were entertained by various artistes and musicians.
Traditional rulers led by Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland also graced the occasion.