Old photo of wads of dollar notes resurfaces online, sparks misinformation about PDP presidential primary

AN OLD image of a brown paper envelope customised with the logo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and showing some wads of dollar notes in it has resurfaced online during the just-concluded presidential primaries of the party.

At the party’s primary election held on Saturday, 28th of May 2022, in Abuja, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar emerged as the party’s flag-bearer, the Premium Times had reported.

Following the event, various social media posts have surfaced online claiming that the image was that of monies shared by some of the presidential hopefuls to delegates at the event.

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The photo has since gathered various reactions after it was shared multiple times online by different blogs and some social media users in Nigeria.

The image was published hereherehere, and was posted on social media herehere, and here.

The photo also circulated widely in several WhatsApp groups. In one of the groups, a user claimed that that was the money given to delegates last Saturday at the PDP special convention where the primary election was conducted.

“This is what they shared to delegates at PDP primary elections today in Abuja. Money politics at play,” the caption posted alongside the photo read. Another user posted the same image but with a different caption that read: “they even customized the envelope.”

THE CLAIM

Photo shows money shared to delegates at the PDP primary election in Abuja on Saturday.

This viral image with the claim was shared in a WhatsApp group on May 28, 2022.

THE FINDINGS

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE.

When the image was subjected to a Google Reverse Image Search, the results show that the photo has been on the internet since 2015.

The photo was uploaded online March 20, 2015 by one City Rovers blog, as archived here.

Also in December 2015, it was posted online by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and another blog, Kanyi Daily later.




    Further findings by The FactCheckHub revealed that the same image resurfaced online three years later, precisely in 2018 when the PDP held its presidential primaries for the 2019 election. During that period, it circulated online with posts alleging that it was money shared to delegates at the 2018 PDP primary election. It was reported herehere, and here, as archived.

    The FactCheckHub observed that since 2015, this same image has resurfaced on the internet during election periods.

    THE VERDICT

    The claim that the image was from the 2022 PDP presidential primary election is FALSE, as it is an old photo that has been online since 2015.

    This is republished from the FactCheckHub

    Omolola Pedro is a Reporter/ Fact-Checker at The International Centre for Investigative Reporting. She believes in a society that is fair to all. She has deep interest in Gender Equality, Social Justice, and protection of human rights.

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