Senator Remi Tinubu, the lawmaker representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, stirred up a shouting match on Wednesday after she called a woman attending the South-West zonal public hearing of the constitution review a “thug”.
The lawmaker, who is the wife of Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), got involved in a war of words with attendees of the event at Marriott Hotel in Ikeja, the Lagos State capital, who were excluded from gaining access into the venue.
It was leant that the attendees were asked to queue to register before they were allowed into the venue of the event.
However, when the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, came in through the back door, the front door was shut and the registration closed, according to TheCable.
The ushers subsequently informed those on the queue that registration had closed for the day.
Those who were yet to register however remained, protesting their exclusion from the event.
Commotion then occurred at the front entrance after some lawmakers from Oyo State passed the queue and were about to be ushered in, with the excluded attendees raising their voices in opposition to the move.
Following the uproar, the Oyo State lawmakers were then ushered in through the backdoor but were followed by some attendees, causing another round of ruckus.
Tinubu, who is the Chairman of the Lagos constitutional hearing zone comprising Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states, was said to have shown up at the backdoor to allow the lawmakers in and then ordered that the door be shut afterwards.
However, a woman, who reportedly complained about being denied entry, was said to have decried the partial treatment and voiced out her frustration.
Seeing this, the senator beckoned on her and two others, only to call the woman a “thug” for speaking too loud.
The statement made by Tinubu infuriated those on the queue, who insisted that such derogatory word should not 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 said.
The senator’s media team are yet to comment on the altercation as of the time of filing this report.