Governor Rotimi Akeredolu expressed optimism that he would win the state government poll on October 10, under the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akeredolu said this shortly after meeting with the APC Electoral Appeal Committee at the party's National Secretariat in Abuja on Monday.
He advised the Democratic People's Party (PDP) candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, to focus on issue-based campaigns, without resorting to violence.
Jegede is my friend. We are colleagues and both members of the inner bar, I have nothing against him and I pray that our campaign is based on non-violent issues.
“I know that he (Jegede) knows that it won't be easy for him. Yes, it may not be easy for me to win, but by the grace of God, I will win.
“I can guarantee that, as it was at the beginning, it will be now and forever more. We will win this election by the grace of God, ”said Akeredolu.
The governor said that his deputy Agboola Ajayi's defection of the opposition PDP would not affect his chances in the vote.
“For me, the deputy who leaves APC to return to the PDP is a good splendor for bad waste.
“We thought we could accommodate him at APC, but since he returned to where he really belonged, everything is fine. I always wish people the best I can.
"From what I was told, he lost his ticket and I pray he doesn't skip to another party, but if he does, that's fine.
"However, for your own sake and as an older brother, I will advise you to stay with Jegede and support you very well," said Akeredolu.
According to him, Ajayi defended that he helped me to win, let him help Jegede to win this time and this will confirm that he is popular.
“What I do know is that he doesn't matter, he has no local government, I can guarantee that when the election comes, I will defeat him in the local government and he will never recover.
"Let me advise you again to stay with Jegede and we will see what happens," said the governor.
He said he was at the National Secretariat to answer questions on the Electoral Appeal Committee.
“I am here at the secretariat because people appealed to my election and the emergence of the party's primaries and that is why I came to answer the committee.
"I was told that two aspirants have contacted the committee to appeal against me and my mission here is to respond to that appeal," he said. (NAN)