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BIG STORY: How INEC Replaced ICT Director of 10 years to Rig Presidential Election



The INEC Chairman Prof Yakubu Mahmood in a collaborative effort with members of Tinubu’s camp and some elements in the presidency did a hatchet job on the presidential elections.

On 16th October 2022, Nigerians were met with the news of the redeployment of some INEC’s members of staff, according to them, it was a reshuffle aimed at ensuring the efficiency and transparency of the forthcoming elections, but little did Nigerians know that this was a move in a series of moves aimed at manipulating the outcome of the presidential elections, a smokescreen to mask the ulterior motive they had long hatched.

Prof Yakubu Mahmood Organized The Most Fraudulent Election In Nigeria’s History

Amongst the people redeployed was Engr Chidi Nwafor, the Director of ICT of INEC since 2013, a position he oversaw and brought massive transformation to, as acclaimed by observers locally and internationally. On the surface, the redeployment of the staff didn’t warrant any suspicion since it appeared to be a routine activity, but on a closer look, one could see a pattern that didn’t really make sense, thus Reportera News Nigeria decided to find out what was amiss and bring the true situation to the fore. Our focus straight away was the Director of ICT who was given a new position as Administrative Secretary of the organization in Enugu, this was one of the most senior staff of the organization and was often regarded as the ‘number 2’ man owing to the fact that he controls the most integral and sensitive office in the organization; the department which not only receives, stores, and processes data of all voters across the country, but oversees the electioneering since the process had been made semi-automated based on the introduction of some relatively advanced technology to make elections more transparent, our interest in this matter was based on this observation because a redeployment of a director to administrative secretary was technically a demotion’ since the latter was a lesser position in the civil service cadres ranking, more worrisome is that Engr Nwafor had not only occupied this position for 10 years, but was the brain behind the Card Reader which was first used in 2015, and BVAs which was going to be used for the presidential election for the first time having used it prior in off-season elections for some state guber elections. It therefore begged the questions:

“Why fix something that isn’t broken?”

Why change the person who designed a system and was in the best position to administer it?”

Engr Chidi Nwafor Was INEC’s Director of ICT For Over 10 Years

Engr Chidi Nwafor is an electronic engineer, he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in electronic engineering from the University of Nigeria (UNN), he went on to secure a masters in computer engineering and post graduate working experience in Japan, a country regarded as a frontrunner in ICT, suffice it to say that Mr Nwafor knew his onions, he was well grounded in his profession and thus when INEC needed a capable hand to upgrade the electioneering process, they came calling for the Enugu born Anambra indigene to co-captain the ship, it was in this position that he served until his services were abruptly terminated when it was discovered that he wouldn’t ‘play ball’. It is no news that INEC at the behest of the presidency had been scheming to rig the presidential elections in favour of APC who had grown really unpopular among Nigerians due to its mismanagement of the economy and gross underperformance in almost every other sector of the country, they foresaw a loss at the polls hence decided to rig it even before the first ballot, and the only way to achieve this was taking control the voter data, and who controlled this data? you guessed right, the Director of ICT, and what do you do when the person who occupies the position isn’t willing to co-operate? You remove and replace them with who will. This was the exact scenario that panned out at INEC headquarters, our inside sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity have reiterated that this is the reason why Mr Nwafor was moved to Enugu and assigned a new role not even as a state commissioner of the organization which at least wields some power and was on the same level as his directorate position but as an ‘ordinary’ Administrative Secretary, they also revealed that this was done as part of a series of punitive measures for his refusal to be part of the rigging scheme, thus technically demoting him from occupying a position for directorate level staff to that of a deputy director. This scheme was masked by ‘reshuffling’ members of staff, other persons were reassigned to new roles so as not to delineate it as a targeted plot, 384 other members of staff were also affected, but Nwafor’s was the one that was questionable to say the least, to make matters worse, he was replaced by a person who had no prior knowledge on ICT affairs, Mr Paul Omokere who until then was the Director of Planning & Monitoring of INEC. INEC would later go on to commit the biggest electoral fraud in the history of Nigeria, failing to adhere to its own guidelines of uploading results in REAL-TIME to it’s IRev portal, a very important part of the process controlled by the ICT department, subsequently declaring a winner in very controversial circumstances by 4:05am whilst most Nigerians slept, instead of temporarily halting the collation of results until they were completely uploaded unto the IRev portal as the guidelines clearly stated.





The 2023 Presidential Election has been themed the ‘worst election in the history of Nigeria’ by most Nigerians & observers from across the globe.

Prof Mahmood Yakubu declared Tinubu president-elect amidst controversial circumstances

Many weeks have passed since Prof Mahmood Yakubu controversially announced the APC candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the polls and subsequently returned as the president-elect, but Nigerians won’t let this slide as a resolve has been made by the country’s very youthful population to restore the mandate which majority of them opine is rightfully the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi’s.

As the ruling party, it was only normal that APC was fingered as the ‘usual suspect’, their corrupt counterparts, PDP has however managed to stay out of the spotlight, leaving APC to face the wrath and backlash of angry Nigerians alone. However, Reportera News investigative reports has revealed that not only APC rigged in the 2023 presidential election, but their longtime opposition, PDP. Peter Obi’s LP who banked on INEC’s promise on delivering a free & fair poll were the victim of Prof Mahmood & INEC’s gross ineptitude.

Whilst APC focused their nefarious activities in remote areas in the North West and South West regions of the country, PDP focused on the South South and the North East, to ‘harvest’ LP votes, primarily. Studies have indicated that Peter Obi’s LP won Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, & Taraba; 3 PDP states, but were unfortunately rigged out of the polls, giving PDP controversial victories in the states. The electoral heist also saw the transfer of LP votes to APC in Benue, Plateau, and Rivers. Nigerians have called for the arrest and criminal prosecution of INEC chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu for electoral, LP has also petitioned the judiciary seeking the annulment of the election by the Court of Appeal which is set to begin trial on 30th May 2023.

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Exposed: INEC Didn’t Have To Wipe BVA Data For ‘Storage Space’



INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu

The 2023 presidential election may have come and gone to some people, it however left a bitter taste in the mouths of most Nigerians who came out in their numbers to vote for their future only for the election results to be systemically rigged in favour of the ruling party, APC. To many, this is a nightmare that they’re hoping they’d wake up from, but to INEC it’s a bone they can’t spit nor swallow; this is because the manner with which the election was rigged is what experts call ‘lazy rigging’ due to the fact that they left far too many loopholes, subsequently leaving a trail of evidence to the public of the travesty disguised as election that occured on February 25th 2023.

This has left INEC in between crossroads as they are torn in the middle of defending the poorly conducted heist or admitting that the poll was flawed. The electoral body has however refused to lean towards the latter, arguing vehemently that they conducted a free & fair election, this obviously is a blatant lie based on the response of Nigerians who mostly feel that the results were rigged.

INEC has been dragged to court by the two main opposition parties, LP and PDP, however it is only the former who actually has a strong grip on their case since evidence has also shown that the latter committed the same electoral fraud that they accuse the ruling party, APC of.

Ekemp M8, the BVA used by INEC

BVA ‘Wahala’

One of the first requests of LP to the court was to have them inspect the BVAs to ensure that the INEC-published-results corresponded with the data available on the devices. However, INEC made a bogus claim that they had to wipe the presidential election results data to make storage space for the gubernatorial polls which happened almost a month after the presidential polls.

The Labour Party led by it’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi which on account of most Nigerians won the election are the major victims of this fraud have approached the courts to retrieve their stolen mandate, one which is expected to upheaval the status quo; in fact, many analysts have postulated that this trial is the biggest in the history of this nation.

In this article, Reportera News takes a deeper look at the device in question to determine if INEC’s claim could be substantiated and most importantly, proven to be truthful. Unfortunately, it isn’t; INEC lied inconspicuously and as a matter of fact, our investigation revealed that the device could handle upto 50 more elections of the same magnitude without needing to erase the data.


The model of the BVA devices used by INEC is an ‘Ekemp M8’, it’s a biometric tablet with a processor speed of 1.3GHz manufactured by the global electronic powerhouse, Samsung. It comes with a 2 Gigabyte storage space with options that goes upto 8 Gigabytes. The simply interpretation of this information is that the device can accommodate data for 50 different elections without needing a ‘reconfiguration’. This ultimately begs the questions;

what is INEC hiding?

Why are they scared to hand over the BVAs for inspection of it’s content if they affirm that the election was conducted in a free and fair atmosphere?

The answer is simple; there is no correlation between the fraudulently announced results and the results in the BVAs, they just do not match, hence their decision to withhold the device and avert exposing the electoral fraud they committed.

Specs of the Ekemp M8

our IT experts looked at the specifications of this device and have come to a technical conclusion that it was ‘illogical’ to wipe the data since the election would have taken at most 2% of the storage capacity using the average Polling Unit to voters ratio which is 300 voters per polling unit.

According to most Nigerians and available evidence, Peter Obi of LP won the 2023 presidential election

As Nigerians stay focused on the judiciary hoping that the INEC results are annulled unequivocally, INEC and APC have deployed many machineries to consolidate the fraud they did, one of which was Lai Mohammed’s Washington DC trip where he went on international media organization at the behest of his paymasters to spread false information on the election, an action that has received heavy criticism from Nigerians who think that it was a waste of public funds as the announcement could have been made here in Nigeria, albeit faux news.


Our verdict is very clear, there is absolutely no reason for INEC to erase, transfer, or reconfigure the data on the BVA since there was more than enough storage space and most importantly, the BVAs were the subject of investigation for electoral fraud, hence not meant to be tampered with as this could affect the outcome of the case.

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Rivers: Nyesom Wike And Sim Fubara, Rivers State Governor-elect Fight Dirty



L-R Sim Fubara, Nyesom Wike

A head of May 29, 2023 inauguration, the outgoing governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and his ‘political son’, and current Governor-elect of the state, Sim Fubara have fallen out, Reportera News has learned.

According to reports from Rivers State, the rift is as a result of disagreement between the duo on the Party’s (People’s Democratic Party) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

According to reports from Rivers State, the rift is as a result of disagreement between the duo on the Party’s (People’s Democratic Party) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Nyesom Wike political godfather of Sim Fubara

A source told Reportera in Port Harcourt that Wike is fuming that Fubara invited Atiku and other PDP leaders considered to be his enemies to the May 29 inauguration at Portharcourt without his consent. The source said that when confronted, Fubara told his close aides that he wouldn’t want to inherit the enemies of the outgoing governor and wouldn’t want to start fighting political wars early in his administration.

He opted for reconciliation with the party leaders both at the state and national, which didn’t go down well with the Port Harcourt hit man. This has created a huge crack between the two and we were told that Wike is withholding release of funds for the inauguration. The political battle between Wike and Fubara will be interesting.

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