Why Donald Duke’s Image Was Used To Represent Younger, Presidential Campaign
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The Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in a statement on Monday, 28th of November described the usage of the photograph of a former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke to represent its Presidential Candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu as an honest mistake.
It would be recalled that Television Continental (TVC) had some weeks ago run a documentary titled ‘Bola Tinubu And His Political Journey’, which traced his roots and rise to political prominence.
The documentary showcased the life history and political journey of Tinubu and amongst the documentary was a particular monochrome photograph showing some depicted as a young Tinubu in dark sunglasses, well-suited, seated with his fingers during his years as a young boy.
Reacting to the documentary video, Duke, while speaking at a roundtable hosted by the Front Fort Media Initiative and the MacArthur Foundation in Lagos, alleged, “The picture of the boy used as Bola Tinubu in all the documentaries is me. I am the boy in the picture, not Tinubu as they claimed in their documentaries.”
“That photo was taken when I was 12 years old during my school years at the Federal Government College Sokoto, in Sokoto state,” Duke said.
While Tinubu has come under heavy criticism for unauthorized usage of someone’s image, APC Presidential Campaign Council, in a statement signed by its Director, Media & Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, has exonerated the former Lagos State Governor.
In the statement released on Monday, Mr Onanuga said the usage of Donald Duke’s Image was an honest mistake, which did not have the approval of Tinubu. “The usage was an honest mistake for which all involved have accepted responsibility,” Onanuga says.
Adding that Tinubu or the ruling APC was not aware of the error, therefore, shouldn’t be blamed.