Nigerian opposition leader Peter Obi has emerged as one of the top contenders looking to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in February’s election. A recent Twitter post claimed to show a picture of Obi using a teleprompter during a speech at the London-based think tank Chatham House. But the claim is false: AFP Fact Check found the photo has been digitally altered to add a teleprompter.
“Peter Obi used both Teleprompter and Note Book at the Chatham House and still ended up disgracing himself (sic),” reads the tweet, which has drawn more than 561,000 views since it was published on January 16, 2023.
Chatham House is a London-based think tank where several Nigerian election officials and presidential candidates, including ruling party candidate Bola Tinubu, have spoken in recent weeks ahead of next month’s ballot.
The tweet, shared by a supporter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), features two images of Obi speaking in London.
In the first picture, Obi stands before a podium with nothing on either side of him. In the second, a teleprompter is seen to his left.
Nigerians head to the polls on February 25, 2023, to elect Buhari’s successor, along with governors for the majority of the 36 states as well as federal and state lawmakers.
Obi has emerged as one of the top three presidential contenders among the 18 candidates, enjoying significant support from young people.
When Tinubu appeared at Chatham House in early December, he was criticised for reading from a...
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