Residents of Amuwo Odofin Odofin have come out in a multitude to complete the registration of their permanent voter’s card (PVC) at the INEC office, First Gate, Festac Town.
Notably, over 700 names were listed on Tuesday afternoon, even though the incessant queues and inadequate machines at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office persist.
Some residents stated that they had been at the INEC office since 5 am on Tuesday to get their names on the list.
Christian Ezeh (MC Wonderful), a businessman and comedian, said he had been at the INEC office since 5:10 am and he had decided to get his PVC against all odds.
“I have been here since 5:10 am. I have decided that I will wait to make sure I partake in this upcoming election. This election means a lot to me. The country is turning upside down and people are living in fear. We want a country that will work so we can confidently say we are proud to be Nigerians. I must get my PVC and I will vote.”
Ezeh said he closed his business to be at the INEC office as he called on residents of Amuwo Odofin to ensure they got their PVCs.
On his second visit to the INEC office, Kingsley Obikwelu said he had been at the INEC office since 5:00 am and spoke passionately about the need to have his PVC.
“I have been here since 5:00 am. I came here last Thursday, but it didn’t work out for me, and if it doesn’t work out today, I will be here at 3:00 am tomorrow. I must make sure I get my PVC. I thought I came out early enough today, but I was surprised when I came out to see a crowd of over 500 people in the morning,”Obikwelu said.
Deborah Ike, a law student, described the registration process as tedious but said it wouldn’t deter her from exercising her rights in the upcoming elections.
“The process is stressful. Getting up in the morning to see this crowd is frustrating. People genuinely have a preferred candidate after seeing all the presidential candidates. That’s why we have a lot of people here.”
Ike stated that she is willing to visit the INEC office for the rest of the week to ensure her vote is counted in the upcoming general elections.
Mr. Ezeh Anayo, a businessman, was unable to get his name on the long list but was certain he would be back to get registered.
He described the upcoming elections as a decisive election.
“This upcoming election is very important and crucial to all Nigerians, especially the youth, because things have been going bad for years. We just want someone who can take care of the country. It is not about who becomes president; we just need a good leader.”