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Sam Omatseye, Tinubu’s Chief Propagandist: When A Journalist ‘simps’ for A Paycheck



Popular award-winning investigative journalist David Hundeyin, on 9th August 2022 tweeted: “Must have been nice to be a Nigerian journalist in the late 80s to the 90s. You didn’t actually have to be a Giwa or a Macebuh or anything close to that.

Just lay low, write watery opinion columns for 6 years and after the military left, you’ll be hailed as a “senior journalist”

These two paragraphs represents the story of many self-acclaimed ‘senior journalists’ parading themselves in bigger than life statuses, often trying to set a precedent that projects them as national heroes because they lived and did their version of journalism through the military era which was marred with extreme levels of military induced violence, human rights abuse and suppression of the press.

Dele Giwa: Creator Of The Blueprint For True Journalism In Nigeria

 It was during this era that Nigeria’s foremost and celebrated journalist Dele Giwa, thrived and left his footprints in the sands of time. Giwa who would be killed by a letter bomb on 19th October 1986, two days after he was invited for questioning by the Department of State Service (DSS), then known as the State Security Service (SSS), was mourned as a national hero, he was just 39 years old as at the time he was killed. His killers were never found.

Talking about Giwa’s killer(s), even without a substantial amount of evidence to link the assassination to the military government of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida who was Nigeria’s Head-of-State(1985-1993), it is widely believed that the broad daylight murder which occurred in Giwa’s Ikeja home, was carried out by state operators working for the military regime of Babangida. There has been no official statement concerning the military governments’ involvement in this hideous crime, till this day. The most common theory is that Dele Giwa was killed because of his frequent criticism of the government and his increasing popularity locally and internationally through his exclusive weekly publication, Newswatch magazine, and his many vocal tongue-lashing of the military government.

80’s & 90’s Journalism In Nigeria

There is no doubt that the 80’s and early to mid 90’s were dangerous times for journalists in Nigeria, which provided them little to no freedom to do proper & international standard journalism as entailed. It is worthy of note that almost every occupation in Nigeria at the time were also endangered due to the very strict, unforgiving and high-handedness of the military administration, it therefore was no excuse for one to not put in their best, as the government’s use of force was a norm in those times.

Sam Omatseye

This brings us to Sam Omatseye, a journalist who lived and worked through these times, he however was nowhere near the calibre and pedestal of the likes of Dele Giwa, Ken Saro-Wiwa or Stanley Macebuh. These were men who laid out the blueprint for journalism in Nigeria at the expense of their lives. Journalism as a practice is one that must be carried out with neutrality. Sam Omatseye was at best a mediocre newspaper columnist who never explored the very dangerous and risky tides of true journalism, apparently for fear of his life, but isn’t that what journalism is all about? Journalism means baring the whole truth and nothing but the truth no matter the controversy it may stir or the negative vices that may suffice, that is ‘true journalism’.

A Political Tool

Sam Omatseye is a columnist and the editor of The Nation newspaper, one of Nigeria’s most widely read newspapers of the 2010’s, it’s popularity however dwindled as it became apparent to it’s reader audience that the Vintage Press product owned by former governor of Lagos State Bola Tinubu, was riddled with bias, half-truths and deliberate attempts to malign specific significant personalities or political figures in the country who do not share their boss’s political ideologies, thus it became a political tool, one that Tinubu wielded happily using Omatseye as his wand.

Omatseye who also hosts programs on TVContinental (TVC), another media powerhouse owned by Tinubu, has used the platform to project the activities of his paymaster in positive light while making no hesitation in suppressing Tinubu’s political opponents when the need arises. It is this obsession with suppression that led him to author an article marred with obscurity and inconspicuous elements in a bid to malign the Labour Party presidential flag bearer and favourite for the Aso Rock Top Job Peter Obi, who happens to be a huge threat to his oga’s delusional quest to become the president of Nigeria.

A Tainted Legacy

I will not glorify his article by mentioning it’s title here, but one thing that Omatseye failed to understand is that he has deliberately and on his own volition written and signed off his name on the register on the bad page of Nigeria’s history for just a few wads of dollar bills, a legacy that even his children will find hard to expunge. A journalist presents and represents truth, that is the foundation that the practice was built on. For Omatseye to pen down a 2000 word article overrun with distasteful lies and outrightly ridiculous accusations without proof, it shows how hungry and desperate he is to get an extra paycheck from his boss.

Serial Propagandist

The Delta State indigene who was at the forefront of the movement which ridiculed Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid, has gotten away with his vengeful, bias and baseless journalism in the past 30 years has finally met his waterloo by ‘touching’ the anointed one Peter Obi, a man who leads a movement of over 100m Nigerians, mostly youths.

Barely 24 hours after making the controversial article, he again stirred up more controversy by accusing Peter Obi of threatening his life. Appparently, an army of Obi’s loyalists who identify as OBIdients, weren’t happy with Mr. Sam’s antecedent and so they swarmed his Twitter and Facebook inbox with varying degrees of threats for trying to sabotage their principal’s efforts by attempting to associate him with purveyors of social vices.

Sam Omatseye felt he was fully prepared for battle by making that article unbeknownst to him that he may have actually started a full-fledged war with the people, one which he almost certainly won’t survive and may inadvertently lead to his own obituary.

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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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