Ondo Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has declared that he does not run a family government.
Prominent individuals, the opposition and some indigenes of the state have repeatedly accused him of allowing his family control the affairs of government.
They insist that Akeredolu’s wife, Betty and son, Jide, are the ones in charge.
On Sunday in Akure, Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), dared those making the claim to provide proof.
He spoke at a debate titled “2020 Ondo Governorship Election: Face the Voters” organised by media organisations, labour unions, civil societies, religious bodies and others.
Akeredolu said he has been running a transparent government, adding that neither his wife nor children hold a portfolio.
The governor noted that Betty “has been helping the women of Ondo State through the “BRECAN Initiative”.
“Let anybody that has evidence that anyone of my family is a consultant in the government come out. We will sue anyone that lies against my family.”
He advised his followers to be peaceful during the October 10 poll.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, cautioned his supporters against violence.
“There is nothing to be gained by violence which is why I make sure I report to the Police when such happens. This state must have respect for peace and order.
“I plead with our young men not to go near violence, and our leaders must discourage violence,’’ Jegede said.
Peter Fasua, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, told youths not to die for any politician.
“Anybody that dies while perpetrating violence has lost his life for nothing.Please don’t waste your life for anyone during this election period.
“We, the candidates, are always with our security and are safe. Don’t allow yourselves to be used for violence,’’ Fasua added.
Agboola Ajayi, governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), was absent at the debate moderated by Akinwumi Abodunde.