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CLAIM: The picture of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nominee, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was substituted with that of the party’s vice-presidential nominee, Kashim Shettima, as the party’s presidential candidate during a news transmission

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT: Gist Reel, a Nigerian blog with over 350,000 followers on Twitter, tweeted that the picture of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nominee, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was substituted with that of the party’s vice-presidential nominee, Kashim Shettima, as the party’s presidential nominee during a news transmission on the Cable Network News (CNN) recently.

The post had an embedded CNN logo and a scrollbar under, depicting the picture was taken while the news was being transmitted live. This was not the same with the presidential nominees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP) and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

VERIFICATION: In verifying claim, our partners at Daily Trust carried out a Google reverse image search which revealed that the image first appeared on the internet before the official presidential list was released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Further checks by Daily Trust showed that CNN did not transmit the said broadcast, and did not post any image on their official website or verified accounts on social media.

CONCLUSION: Daily Trust can confirm that the claim made through a Twitter post suggesting that CNN has excluded the picture of Bola Ahmed Tinubu from the list of presidential candidates of Nigeria is false.

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