AHEAD of the 2023 general election, a viral image showing the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, wearing a cap publicly customised as the signature design of Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, has surfaced on social media.
The claim signifies Obi’s solidarity and support for Tinubu’s presidency, even though both are rival candidates.
Tinubu, a man from the South-Western part of the country, is known for his bent Yoruba traditional cap. The cap has what looks like an infinity sign embroidered on it.
Most of his supporters show off the caps to prove their loyalty and support for his aspiration.
A Facebook user, Ayodeji Ajise, posted the photo with a caption: “Obi is finally BATIFIED!!!”
A Twitter user, @Adeyemi62811314, tweeted the photo with a caption:
“@peter obi believe that no doubt Tinubu is the greatest man for president that is the signal one cap.”
Photo shows Peter Obi wearing Bola Tinubu’s customised signature cap.
Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE and misleading.
When subjected to google reverse image search, the result shows the image had been altered.
The image was shot during the wedding ceremony of Obi’s daughter, Gabriella Nwamaka, which took place in Anambra state in April. Obi was not putting on any cap in the picture, contrary to what is seen in the manipulated image.
The FactCheckHub observed that Obi rarely wears a cap, even when dressed in native attire. The presidential candidate appears without a cap in most of his pictures and videos as seen on the internet.
For instance, Peter Obi was seen without a cap during his recent trip to Egypt. He also appeared here without a cap during his recent visit to Governor Wike. A google search of his name also shows that Obi appears most time without a cap.
The image showing Obi wearing Tinubu’s traditional cap has been manipulated; hence, it is FALSE and therefore misleading.
This is republished from the FactCheckHub you can read the original here.
Nurudeen Akewushola is an investigative reporter and fact-checker with The ICIR. He believes in-depth investigative reporting is the key to social justice and good governance. You can shoot him an email via firstname.lastname@example.org and @NurudeenAkewus1 on Twitter.