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FACT CHECK: Is this viral photo of massive crowd from Osun PDP rally?

FACT CHECK: Is this viral photo of massive crowd from Osun PDP rally?
July 15
17:09 2022

A photo showing a massive crowd purportedly from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally in Osun state has been circulating on social media. 

On Thursday, the PDP held a rally in Osun ahead of the governorship election scheduled for Saturday, July 16.

Abban Atiku, a Twitter user with the handle @abbalala3, shared a photo with the caption, “Osun State no be your mate”.

The photo showed a huge crowd on a street with trees and few vehicles within the crowd. The photo gathered over 3, 900 likes, over 500 retweets and 552 comments.

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A quick search through his Twitter timeline revealed that the social media user is a staunch supporter of the PDP

The photo which has now become viral was posted to buttress claims that the PDP’s final rally in Osun was a success.

Some unsuspecting Twitter users hailed the PDP and lauded the massive crowd that purportedly graced the rally.

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“Am happy if it’s osun because I prefer PDP ten times than ApC thieves. If LP candidate can’t get it, let PDP dancing senator have it pls. Obident will be happy for Adeleke,” reads a comment from a Twitter user. 

“Free ticket to watch Davido and other artists live in concert. Why people no go gather? Dancing senator to treat the audience with new dance style. I am an @NgLabour man, but if I should be in Osun tomorrow, I will go and catch fun,” another tweep replied.

The post was also shared on Facebook.

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Verification

TheCable subjected the photo to reverse image search using Labnol, a digital tool used to discover the source of a picture and visually similar images from the internet.

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We discovered the image was taken from Ilorin in Kwara state and not Osun as claimed. Further research revealed that the photo, taken at the Eid-el Kabir prayer held in Kwara state, was first uploaded on July 9.

The photo was posted on the verified Twitter handle of the Kwara state government, with the caption: “Worshippers in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Saturday turned out en masse to observe the Eid-el Kabir prayer, with Governor @RealAARahman clearly setting the ground for a peaceful atmosphere with his open exchange of pleasantries with leading opposition figures #EidMubarak.”

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Checks by TheCable also revealed that a Twitter user had shared different photos from the recent Eid-el Kabir prayer held in Ilorin, further confirming that the photo was not from the PDP rally in Osun.

 

Verdict

The viral photo depicting a massive crowd at the PDP’s rally in Osun is misleading. 



This story is published in partnership with Report for the World, a global service program that supports local public interest journalism.

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