The lawmaker representing Lagos Central senatorial district, Remi Tinubu, on Friday denied calling an educationist, Arinola Oloko, a thug at the public hearing on constitutional review on Wednesday.
The wife of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, noted she asked Oloko if she was a thug and that she called her a thug.
Remi stated this on a programme on TVC on Friday.
Tinubu led the Senate Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution in the South-West.
Things, however, went south when Oloko was denied entry into the venue of the hearing.
Oloko who protested her exclusion from the venue, was condemned by Remi for being “rude”.
The lawmaker while speaking on the development said, “It was the noise I heard and as somebody concerned, I went there, that they will be a bit respectful when they see that they put my name as chair and I came out to see them.
“At least, we will be able to talk and dialogue. I didn’t know that it will turn into a noisy field and people will start screaming.
“I looked at them and I saw a woman. I will tell you, most of the works I’ve done have been supported by women. I understand women more than men despite the men I work with and even the men I work with, I respect them when I have to respect them but in this particular incident, I looked at the man, he was angry, possibly he could have waited for a long time. I didn’t know who registered, I wasn’t on the registration desk but I looked at the woman screaming and I said I can talk to a woman.
“I said, let me talk to you outside where everybody is, I’ve had COVID and I don’t think I want to be in a cramped place to want to be speaking. And I said, let’s go outside so that I can hear you and hear your complaint.”
“Then, she kept screaming and I said what is going on, are you a thug? I am not going to take that. Are you a thug? Am I talking to a thug? Then her eyes were popping and popping. She is younger than I am, why would I call her a thug outrightly?” the senator asked.