Image on branded bags of rice shows PDP chieftain not Peter Obi

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A visual showing some packaged rice have surfaced online with a claim that it shows bags of rice branded with the People Democratic Party’s (PDP) logo and image of Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate for this year’s general election in Nigeria.

The purported Obi’s image printed on the bags of rice shows a man in a dark blue native dress wearing glasses.

A Tweep, @Ikechuk07996899 tweeted the video with a caption that reads:

PDP is now using @PeterObi picture to deceive voters. Their candidate @atiku is no longer sellable. This is impersonation, and @OfficialPDPNig should be sued.”

The video, posted on January 1, 2023, has garnered over 300 retweets and more than 13,000 views as of Tuesday, 3rd of January, 2023.

A Tweep, @Adokwuandy also tweeted its photo on 31st of December, 2022 with a caption that reads:

“What is this rubbish the PDP is doing. Why are they putting peter Obi’s picture on bag of rice with Atiku and Okowa written on it.. They say he don’t have structure still they are trying to manipulate The public.”

The tweet has garnered more than 400 retweets and over 600 likes as of 3rd of January, 2023.

Another Twitter user, @BenethEbere also tweeted the photo with another caption thus:

“Don’t vote for a thief. He will steal your money and future. Pdp using Peter Obi picture on their posters and rice bags is another height of desperation. Totally unacceptable, that’s identity theft.”

CLAIM

Visuals show image of Peter Obi on bags of rice branded with PDP logo.

Screenshot of the tweeted photo.

THE FINDINGS

Checks by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE.

The purported video shows a scene where some bags of rice branded with PDP logo and the names of some contestants under the party were being loaded into a truck.

When our researcher did a keyframe analysis of the footage using InVid – a video verification tool, findings show the branded bags of rice had on them names of some PDP candidates who are contesting for various elective positions in Delta state as well as that of Atiku Abubakar and Ifeanyi Okowa, the party’s presidential candidate and his vice, respectively.

A clearer pictures of branded bags of rice/ Source: Facebook

Names seen on the bags include: Hilary Obioma Igbebulem, secretary to the Delta state governor; Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate; Ifeanyi Okowa, vice-presidential candidate; Sheriff Oborevwori, PDP governorship candidate in Delta state, Ned Nwoko, Delta North senatorial candidate, Victor Nwokolo, representing Ika Federal Constituency and Marilyn Okowa, a contestant for Delta state House of Assembly.

Further checks online revealed a clearer image of the packaged rice. Findings revealed that the image seen on the branded bags of rice is that of Hilary Obioma Igbebulem, the principal secretary to the Delta State governor who reportedly sponsored or bought the items and not Peter Obi as claimed in the viral social media posts.

Another clearer image showing the bags of rice

THE VERDICT

The claim that the visuals show image of Peter Obi on the bags of rice branded with PDP logo is FALSE; findings revealed that the image shows Hilary Obioma Igbebulem, the secretary to the Delta state governor.

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Nurudeen Akewushola is a fact-checker with FactCheckHub. He has authored several fact checks which have contributed to the fight against information disorder. You can reach him via [email protected] and @NurudeenAkewus1 via Twitter.

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