- A Lagos-based politician and educationist, Arionla Oloko, has explained what transpired between her and Senator Oluremi Tinubu
- Remi had reportedly called Oloko a thug during a public hearing organised by the members of the National Assembly in Lagos on the constitution review
- Oloko said that she was making enquiry on why she and other participants were prevented from entering the venue of the event when Tinubu addressed as a thug
Following the reported thug comment by Remi Tinubu, the wife of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a Nigerian politician and educationist, Arinola Oloko, has spoken on how the incident happened.
Legit.ng gathered that while speaking in an interview on Arise Television’s ‘The Morning Show’ on Friday, May 28, Oloko explained that the invitations were sent to people to participate in the public hearing (for constitution review) which she attended with two other representatives from Bethel Nigeria.
“Invitations were sent to people to participate in the public hearing (for constitution review) which I attended with two other representatives from Bethel Nigeria – a non-partisan group interested in a better Nigeria. We had prepared our presentation and had been on the queue for a long time that day.
"People had been going in because they had their cards already given to them ahead of the programme, only for us to get to the door and be told that the hall was full and they already had 250 people seated and that was the capacity."
The venue of the public hearing should accommodate participants from Lagos, Oyo and Ogun
According to her, the programme was supposed to cover participants from Oyo, Ogun and Lagos states with the latter having a population of over 10 million people.
“Besides, you were supposed to hold the meeting at TBS (Tafawa Balewa Square) only for it to be changed to Mariott Hotel at the last minute. I suggested to the crew outside on getting a screen so that we could participate and at least be a part of the process. We didn’t even mind if we were not seated, and that was it."
I told Senator Oluremi Tinubu I am not a thug
Oloko further stated that Senator Tinubu later came out from the hall to say, ‘where is that woman that is talking?’
She said she walked towards her and explained the situation of things, adding that she (Oloko) also spoke that if they knew the situation would be that way, they should have asked them to register online ahead.
Oloko stated that Tinubu later said, ‘Shut up’ and ‘police, come and send this thug out of here," saying that at that point, she said she was not a thug.
"I am not a thug. A thug is a violent person, a criminal, and I refuse to be addressed as one. I am a Lagosian in your constituency and I have a right.
“The video speaks for itself. Do they really want us to be a part of the review? If you do not want us to be involved, don’t pretend as if you do. It took me weeks to get people to follow me there. They had said it was a scam so that it won’t be said that people were called and they didn’t attend."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Senator Remi Tinubu on Tuesday, April 27 tackled her All Progressives Congress (APC) colleague, Senator Smart Adeyemi over his comments concerning the mounting insecurity problems in Nigeria.
It was reported that Remi is the wife of APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and she represents Lagos Central senatorial district in the Nigerian Senate.
Adeyemi, on the other hand, is a former national president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists and the senator representing the Kogi West senatorial district in the Senate.