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No, pic purporting to show a meeting between Peter Obi and Seyi Tinubu is fake

IN SHORT: An image supposedly showing the meeting of Nigerian opposition leader Peter Obi and the president’s son Seyi Tinubu has gone viral. But the photo is a manipulated photo of the president's son meeting someone else.

A photo that seems to show a meeting of former Nigerian presidential candidate Peter Obi and Seyi Tinubu, the son of Nigeria’s president, has been posted on Facebook. 


The caption to one 19 August 2023 post reads: “This is the son of the president Mr. Seyi Tinubu and his Excellency  Mr. Peter ObiMr. Peter Obi Peter Obi. Time for politics has elapsed we are in governance now.”

Obi, a member of the Labour Party, is currently challenging Bola Tinubu’s 2023 election victory through the courts.

The image of Seyi Tinubu and Obi has triggered reactions from Nigerians, with some calling the meeting a “nice move” and others claiming it was “photoshopped”.

The image was also posted here, here, here, here, here and here.

But is the image genuine? We checked.

Manipulated photo

Africa Check did a Google reverse image search and found an almost identical photo in a report published in May. Tinubu wears the same black shirt and baseball cap and stands in the same stance, with his left hand on the back of a chair. 

But the original shows the president’s son in conversation with Umar Faruk Lawal, elected president of the National Association of Nigerian Students.

Lawal is the convener of the Coalition of Civil Society Groups. The group quashed Bloomberg's report that the president's son acquired a US$11 million house in the United Kingdom.

The image circulating in August 2023 is a manipulated version of a photo taken in May. It doesn’t prove that Seyi Tinubu met with Peter Obi. 


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