- A photo showing Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 election, while having a conversation with Seyi Tinubu surfaced online
- The photo is being circulated along with the claim that Obi has given up on his election-related court case and agreed to work with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu
- A scrutiny of the said picture has revealed that it was doctored as the two opposition members never met
The picture has been widely shared on Facebook and X (formerly known as Twitter).
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But is the image genuine? Legit.ng check.
A reverse image check showed that the original picture shows the president’s son in conversation with Umar Faruk Lawal, the president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
The photo was used as a featured image in a media report published in May 2023 where Lawal led a coalition of some civil society groups to condemn Bloomberg’s report against Seyi Tinubu indicting him of fraudulently purchasing a property worth $11 million from former Nigerian minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke’s ally, Kola Aluko.
Similarly, Africa Independent Television (AIT) noted that Obi was photoshopped into the alleged meeting with the president’s son.
Therefore, the image circulating in August 2023 is a manipulated version of a photo taken in May.
Cleric releases prophecy on 2023 election
In a piece of related article, Legit.ng reported that as Nigerians await the judgement of the Presidential Elections Petitions Court (PEPC), David Elijah, the spiritual leader of the Glorious Mount of Possibility Church in Lagos, on Thursday, August 24, declared that “the court case is over”.
Speaking on Possibility TV, Prophet Elijah said God is involved in the legal tussle concerning the outcome of the 2023 presidential election.
Obi didn’t petition US court: LP spokesperson
Legit.ng also reported that Obiorah Ifoh, the national publicity secretary of the Labour Party, said Obi did not petition any court in the United States (US) concerning President Tinubu.
Obi and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are contesting the outcome of the 2023 presidential election.
Ifoh said although Obi — like Atiku — is asking the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) to nullify the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) declaration of Tinubu as Nigeria’s president, he did not imitate the PDP chieftain.