The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been accused of using pictures of deplorable roads in Liberia to tackle Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing.
The main opposition party shared the pictures alongside a statement, in which it berated Fashola over his comments on the state of roads in Nigeria.
The minister last week, said that roads in the country are not as bad as they are being portrayed.
The former Lagos governor received serious backlash from Nigerians, including the PDP over the comment.
A federal lawmaker, including a civil society organisation, even challenged him to a road tour across the country.
In a posted on its official Twitter handle, the PDP shared two pictures of bad roads, and another of Fashola, meant to help drive home the point of the state of Nigerian roads.
The party asked the minister to resign and apologise to Nigerians over the comment.
“Every Nigerian knows that most of the major roads across the country are in (a) sorry state and that travelling on our roads has become traumatising and one of the highest life threatening experiences in our country since the last four years,” it said in a statement.
“The comment by the failed Minister of Works is therefore highly provocative and capable of invoking the anger of Nigerians, because it shows that either he has not been going through our roads and as such not in touch with reality or he has exposed himself as false-hearted official.”
However, TheCable, an online publication, said verification done by it showed that the pictures were of two different roads in Liberia.
The publication noted that an image reverse search of the two pictures brought up various media reports from Liberia in which they have been used, with one dating back to 2015.
It said in one of the reports, Liberian Observer, a publication in the country, used one of the pictures, which shows cars and a vehicle plying a very bad road to illustrate how bad roads have delayed travels and hike in fares in the western part of the country.
Front Page Africa, a publication, which covers news across Africa, was also said to have used the picture in a report on managing road infrastructure in Liberia.
The particular picture was also published by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID): ‘Liberia’s road to discovery’, published on its blog.
It said a closer look at one of the cars captured in the picture, shows a hilux van with a Liberian licence plate, which usually carries the country’s flag at the top left.
The other picture, which showed people who appear to be stranded on the bad road, was identified as Ganta-Yekepa highway, in a report by Liberian Observer.
A clearer version of the picture was posted on Imgur, an online image sharing community, where it was listed among the “Roads of Liberia” in a post which dates back to 2015.