former Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Tunji Egbetokun has raised the alarm over threat to his life and that of his family from perceived political opponents, whom he claimed were not in support of his political clout and principles.
Egbetokun, a former Chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who served as Speaker during the administration of former Governor Gbenga Daniel, joined Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) now All Progressives Congress (APC), just before the 2011 general elections.
While speaking with journalists in Abeokuta on Wednesday, he noted that there has been constant threat to his life and that of his family members by unknown people, warning him to desist from supporting a gubernatorial aspirant in the 2019 election and serving Senator, Solomon Olamilekan Adeola popularly known as Yayi.
He claimed that since he left government, he has been moving his family from one location to another within the country, due to series of threats from different quarters.
“My wife has been receiving strange warning from unknown quarters to caution me to retrace my step or face whatever consequence that may come out of my political actions, regardless of me and my family’s whereabout within the country. I have also been receiving several threat from known and unknown people on phone and have also noticed some strange movement around my house recently.
”Now that the 2019 general election is fast approaching and the political stage is getting tougher, I know my political opponents are jittery because of my influence in the state and my support for a particular candidate, so I might need to relocate my family to a location outside the country for their safety and adequate protection, giving the prevailing circumstances I find myself,” he said.
Egbetokun expressed mixed feelings over the persistent rate of security threats to himself and family had been exposed to, noting that he would not for any reason compromise principles that negates fairness, objectivity, sincerity of purpose, love for mankind and the endurance of a sane society where life will be more bearable and pleasant to everyone in Ogun State and beyond.