IN SHORT: Social media users in Nigeria have posted a photo of an empty stadium, claiming it shows a disappointingly small crowd gathered for a Labour Party rally in the northern state of Kiduna, ahead of February 2023 elections. But there’s no evidence for when the photo was taken.
This was part of campaigning ahead of the country’s presidential elections scheduled for 25 February.
Several political parties and politicians have already visited the battleground state while campaigning. But does the photo really show a poorly attended Labour Party rally? We checked.
No evidence photo shows stadium during Labour Party rally
Baba-Ahmed is from Kaduna. In Nigeria, where religion and ethnicity are key factors in electoral politics, the Labour Party has sought to bolster Obi’s profile in the northern states, which are majority Muslim.
Obi is a Christian from the southeast.
The tweet doesn’t give a source for the photo, and the account has not replied to Twitter users who suggested the photo was taken immediately after the stage was set up, ahead of the party’s arrival, and not during the rally.
A reverse image search for the photo did not return any results.
But there’s evidence that Obi and Baba-Ahmed had support when they arrived at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.
These kinds of claims are often used in disinformation, where the implication is that the candidate with the biggest crowd has the best chance of winning the election.
For more tips on how to avoid falling for false information, read our guide on how to determine if a piece of information is correct or not.
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