By Henry Umoru
ABUJA – SENATE Deputy Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi, PDP, Ekiti South Monday denied reports that she was slapped by a staff of the National Assembly, just as she said that at no time did she ask her aide to slap anybody.
Meanwhile, an online medium had reported that there was drama at the new wing of the Senate complex in Abuja after a National Assembly official physically assaulted Senator Olujimi, just as it was reported that she directed her aide to “slap” the legislative official, who immediately responded in kind and also reported that that the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN staff however slapped the senator and not her aide.
But speaking with Journalists on what happened, 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 gentleman 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 she asked 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 saw them to come in because I believe that is the way it should be. How could have slapped anybody at my age, and level. That is not possible.”