There was an uproar at the National AssemblyAbuja yesterday when a member of theParliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria PASAN alleged that Senator Bidoun Olujimirepresenting Ekiti South in the senate, ordered her security detail to slap him because he wanted to use the lift with her. Members of the association in protest, raised their voice and were seen shouting over the incident.
However, Senator Olujimi has come out to deny the allegation. Speaking to newsmen at the complex yesterday evening, Senator Olujimi said
I went for a public hearing and I understood that there was another meeting upstairs so I got into a lift, yes it was a staff lift and I thought that everyone should be able in it and my security stood in front of me. Some gentlemen and women came in and were abusing, asking why he will shield anybody, ‘get out this is our lift.’ One of them just pushed him and then they had altercation, I just came out and told them that it was wrong and that is what happened.”
When asked if instructed her aide to slap somebody, Senator Olujimi said, “Could I have done that, is it possible, how can I ask anybody to slap? The boy came, and they brought him and I told him he should go because he knew that he didn’t do well. You didn’t do well because you were the one that slapped him. I didn’t even say a word all through because I stood at the back. It wasn’t my business, it was the business of the security man. Yes I was in the staff lift. But what says we cant go in staff lift? When I see people standing outside in distinguished senators lift, I also ask them to come in because I believe that is the way it should be. How could I have slapped anybody at my age, and level. That is not possible.”