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Okwute Youth Network: Support Group Exploring a New Demographic of Voting Bloc for Peter Obi



There is no doubt that Peter Obi has won the hearts of many Nigerians, particularly the youths, to be specific, people aged between 18 to 40, and to be more specific, people between the ages of 21 to 35, these people are the core of Peter Obi’s supporters and they have declared absolute support for the Onitsha born former banker and businessman who served a two term tenure as governor of Anambra state for 8 years.

As already established, the core of Obi’s supporters are youths, however, there is an unexplored voting bloc which could be a game changer in the outcome of the 2023 general elections. Young adults between the ages of 18 to 21 (who make up 9.3% of the total registered voters according to INEC) have historical been known to be oblivious of political matters as they are more preoccupied with finding their feet in a society which doesn’t really offer them so many opportunities, their academic pursuits neither gives ample time for such engagements and their total dependence on their parents makes it almost impossible for them to be free-thinking or align themselves with a political ideology, often going with that of their parents or guardians. This is however not the case today as the ‘gen Z’ young adults are now more political aware than ever and have decided to take their own destiny into their own hands.

The recklessness associated with this demography hasn’t eluded them as they have been unable to forge themselves into a core unit, this was before Okwute Youth Network came into the picture. Anyone who understands Nigerian politics knows the importance of support groups, as they serve as a major conduit to consolidate a candidates’ popularity, especially in the grassroots, by recruiting not just people who’d vote, but people who’d recruit people to vote, these are otherwise known as volunteers.

Okwute Youth Network

Okwute Youth Network is a Non Governmental Organization set up primarily to harness the potentials of young people whilst applying the life principles and philosophy of Peter Obi whom the organization was named after, as ‘Okwute’ is Obi’s traditional title in the Igbo ethnic group of Nigeria. Upon Obi’s declaration to run for the Aso Rock top job in March 2022, Okwute Youth Network quickly reorganized it’s priorities and metamorphosed into a support group for Peter Obi and has since made it’s mark as a foremost proponent of the Peter Obi movement by the various sensitization projects it has engaged in all over the country, one of which is a special campaign targeted at Gen Z which has attracted quite a number of them.

Speaking to Reportera News at the just concluded Peter Obi Leadership Smmit organized by Labour Party and the Coalition for Peter Obi which Okwute Youth Network is a part of, the organizations’ general secretary, Mrs Obiajulu Igwara-Ibezim, highlighted their many strides in getting the young adults on board the OBIdient movement;

We identified key components of the kind of activities they engage in, what they expect from a Peter Obi led government and how they’d be involved in not just the electioneering process but the resulting administration, these were necessary so as to cue into and move in sync with their interests in order  to sustain the high energy levels they have exhibited over the last few months”.

She further reiterated that the organization was also engaged in sensitizing other demography such as the elderly (65 years and over) and not just the young adults as every obtainable vote is needed to achieve the ultimate goal of putting Obi in Aso Rock.

However, the focus was on young people as they need more guidance since this is all new to them. She also used the opportunity to appeal to well-meaning Nigerians, to donate towards their  activities, as these engagements are financially demanding and thus need the financial backup of Peter Obi supporters who wish to see their dream of a Peter Obi presidency come to reality.

Today, Okwute Youth Network has over 8,000 registered and active volunteers between the ages 18 to 21, all of whom are first time voters. The organization hopes to increase this number to over 50,000 by the end of the year, going into the election year. These volunteers have been working part-time and full-time with the organization in galvanizing support from other demographic strata in addition to expanding the network of the Gen Z supporters for Peter Obi.

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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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