Old photo of Kwankwaso supporters resurfaces online as he visits Gombe state

FOLLOWING the visit of the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, to Gombe State, an old photo of his supporters has circulated online.

A Twitter user, Engr Musa Jameel, with the username @jameel2024, who shared the image on Twitter on July 2, 2022, claimed that the picture is that of the crowd that welcomed Kwankwaso to Gombe State.

His tweet, archived here, read: “Kwankwaso #NNPP shot down Gombe state”.

THE CLAIM

The photo shows the crowd that welcomed Kwankwaso to Gombe State.

Screenshot of the misleading tweet.
Screenshot of the misleading tweet.

THE FINDINGS

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is MISLEADING.

Although Kwankwaso visited Gombe state on Saturday, July 2, to commission the Gombe State party office of the NNPP, according to the Independent newspaper’s report, the image shared to show forth the crowd that welcomed him is, however, old.




    A Google Reverse Image Search conducted on the image revealed that it has been on the internet since 2018.

    Further findings revealed that the photo is that of the crowd that thronged the venue where Kwankwaso declared for the presidential bid in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on August 29, 2018.

    THE VERDICT

    The claim that the photo showed the crowd that welcomed Kwankwaso to Gombe State is MISLEADING; the photo is of the crowd that thronged the Abuja venue where Kwankwaso declared his presidential bid on August 29, 2018.

    This is republished from the FactCheckHub.

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