2023: My ‘fight dirty’ comment was quoted out of context – Tinubu

One of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu, has made clarification on his statement on getting dirty to fulfill his ambition of becoming Nigeria’s President in 2023.

Tinubu insisted that he never said he would fight dirty to achieve his presidential ambition, but the remark was misunderstood.

While speaking on Sunday when he visited Lekan Balogun, the Olubadan designate, in Ibadan, the APC National Leader had said no intimidation or blackmail can stop him, adding that is “ready to get dirty”.

by Tinubu’s Media Aide, Tunde Rahman, said the former governor of Lagos State was quoted out of context as the “get dirty” comment was in response to insults thrown at him after he made his intentions to run for the presidency public.

The statement reads partly: “Speaking at the residence of Olubadan-Designate, the All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Tinubu, referring to some of the unwarranted attacks against him used the metaphor of wrestling with the pig, saying “if you decide to wrestle with the pig, you must be ready to get dirty.” He said he had accepted to take the insults and dirt thrown at him by some people as a price to pay for venturing into politics and seeking to be President of Nigeria.

“Sadly, the wrong headline and story have been latched on by some online platforms/blogs and commentators to pour invective on Asiwaju Tinubu. These commentaries and remarks are unfortunate because they are groundless, misinformed and misdirected. Hence, this clarification has become imperative.

“It bears restating that at no time during the visit and in his speech did Asiwaju indicate that he would fight dirty for his presidential ambition. His words were carefully chosen.”

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