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Former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said that at no time did he say that he would fight dirty over his presidential ambition.

He said the manner of reporting in one of the nation’s newspapers was inaccurate just as he advised journalists to be careful how they report political statements ahead of 2023.

Tinubu’s media aide, Tunde Rahman, quoted his boss as saying he was quoted out of context.

Tinubu was in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital where he met the Olubadan-designate, Senator Lekan Balogun.

He said he had used a metaphor: “If you decide to wrestle with the pig, you must be ready to get dirty.”

He was quoted as saying, “This caption and report are inaccurate and erroneous. Sadly, the wrong headline and story have been latched on by some online platforms/blogs and commentators to pour invective on my person.

“These commentaries and remarks are unfortunate because they are groundless, misinformed and misdirected. Hence, this clarification has become imperative.”

He said Tinubu had told the Olubadan-designate: “Kabiyesi, all I have come for is to beg you to continue to pray for me, the entire Yoruba race and the country.

“I am out to become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and there is a wise saying that if you want to wrestle with the pig, be ready to get dirty and deal with the poo-poo.

“I am ready to get dirty. No intimidation, no blackmail, no sort of insult will get me angry to the extent that I will say no more, I don’t want again.”

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