Claim: Reno Omokri, a staunch PDP member, joined Tinubu’s supporters in London.
Verdict: Misleading context
Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State who is also the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), reportedly visited London, United Kingdom, recently.
According to a statement by Bayo Onanuga, Director, Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mr Tinubu was scheduled to speak at Chatham House on Monday, December 5, 2022, on issues bordering on security, economy, and foreign policy.
Mr Tinubu, one of the leading contenders in the forthcoming presidential election, has been accused of refusing to speak to local media about his ambition.
Meanwhile, on Monday, December 5, while the presidential candidate was in London, there was reportedly a rally organised by Tinubu’s supporters in front of Chatham House. At the same time, Reno Omokri, a Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan who is also a staunch supporter of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led a protest at the same venue to discredit the reputation of the APC presidential candidate.
Mr Omokri, who posted several videos on his Facebook page, was seen leading a group of persons in the #HarassTinubuOutofLondon protest. He was seen holding a placard that reads, “No to a drug baron in Aso Rock.” Likewise, the other protesters carried placards bearing different inscriptions. One of them reads, “Nigerians reject Bola Escobar and his heroin cartel.” They were also heard chanting “Tinubu Ole” (a Yoruba word for thief). The video can be seen here and here.
However, a Nigerian newspaper, The Nation, posted one of the videos captured at the scene of the event with the headline, “Former presidential aide Reno Omokri joins Tinubu’s supporters in London.” The video posted on the website and social media handles of the media platform showed Mr Omokri among Mr Tinubu’s supporters, and the crowd was heard chanting, “Tinubu for President.”
The media house also used the picture of Mr Omokri standing in front of Mr Tinubu’s supporters, who were carrying placards on which inscriptions showing their loyalty to the presidential candidate was written.
The video was also shared on Twitter by one @RealAdeshina, a member of the APC, with the caption, “Shock of the century as Reno Omokri declares his support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Next President… Guysss RT! 🎥 @RealAdeshina.”
DUBAWA searched the social media handles of the former presidential aide and saw several posts on the #HarassTinubuoutofLondon protest. Mr Omokri, as of Tuesday, posted his daily series on why people should vote for Atiku Abubakar as the next president of Nigeria.
Also, a closer look at the videos shared by The Nation and another shared by Reno Omokri on his social media handle showed that both the #HarassTinubuOutofLondon protesters and Tinubu’s supporters were at the same spot, hence the perceived clash between the two groups.
While Reno and his team were chanting “Tinubu!” followed by some abusive words, the other team screamed “for President!” followed by a loyalty song. This does not depict Omokri ‘joining’ Tinubu’s supporters.
The headline depicting that Omokri ‘joined” Tinubu’s supporters in London is misleading.