Former Lagos First Lady and lawmaker representing Lagos Central in the Senate, Oluremi Tinubu, was on Wednesday caught on camera clashing with some people during the South-West zonal public hearing of the constitution review.
The review which was held at Marriott Hotel in Lagos had residents queuing to register before they were allowed entry into the hall.
However some of those in the queue were later informed that registration had closed for the day.
But few minutes later, some lawmakers from Oyo state passed the queue and were about to be ushered in, leading to a commotion at the front entrance.
As the shouts continued near the front door, with those in the queue insisting that they had been unfairly treated, the Oyo lawmakers were about to be hurriedly ushered through the backdoor, but the people followed them, preventing them from being allowed into the hall.
However, after some consultation with the personnel at the door, Senator Tinubu showed up at the backdoor to allow the lawmakers in.
As she was about to do this, a woman, who complained about being denied entry, decried the partial treatment and voiced out her frustration.
Seeing this, the senator, who is an ordained pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), beckoned on her and two others, only to call the woman a “thug” for speaking too loud.
“We don’t want thugs here,” Tinubu said.
Angry with the former First Lady’s comments, those in the queue insisted that such a derogatory word shouldn’t have come from the senator.
The senator was asked to apologise but she refused.
“I will not apologise for what I said. I saw it and I said it,” she maintained.
This online news reports that this is not the first time the lawmaker would be involved in controversy since becoming a Senator in 2011.
Senator Tinubu had in the past clashed with Senator Smart Adeyemi, Senator Elisha Abbo, Senator Dino Melaye and many others.
She had also attracted controversy during the 2015 general election when she claimed that Igbos in Lagos cannot be trusted.
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) May 26, 2021