For over two weeks, the PAJ movement launched its PVC registration, Biometrics and transfers for occupants with erroneous applications which climaxed on the 14th of July 2022 at Ikorodu senior high school in Ikorodu North LCDA.
In entirely, over 1000 eligible voters were registered across the 5 political wards in the local community development area of Ikorodu division, linking the electoral void in the cycle.
Odogunyan, Erikorodu, gbangbelu, Maya, Is and agbala wards all felt the presence of the Prince Adedoyin Jokotex (PAJ) movement as irresistible volumes got involved in the procedures to give their voice a purpose come 2023 general elections.
Conducted at bridging the gap between the high margin of unregistered voters as earlier noted by INEC, culminating with dwellers whose registration point is different from their residential base.
In his interview with Ikorodu News Network (INN), convener of the PAJ movement, Prince Adedoyin Jokotex, States, “There are voters who are just migrating into Ikorodu but had their registration done somewhere else, which would make it abnormal for us to have such a large number of people sitting at home on Election Day, being disenfranchised because they could not go to where they registered to vote”.
“PAJ movement came into the equation, after closely observing the challenges faced by people who might eventually not be able to fulfil their civic responsibilities”.
The movement catered to voters faced with challenges of defaced, damaged, lost PVC and for residents transferring their votes from one location to another.
Prince Jokotex continued, “As a human resource professional, I understood the statistical criteria needed to be put in place for such an activity to scale through successfully. With that, we were able to ascertain the number of people we’re dealing with for us to provide the designated INEC officials to help carry out the exercise”.
Based on the turnout of eligible voters during the exercise, Prince Adedoyin Jokotex affirmed that discouraged voters were sensitised in the process by his team, adding that they ended up not only convincing eligible voters but also making them understand their voice.
“We noticed that some people decided not to join the exercise simply because they don’t trust the government anymore, we had to orientate them on the significance of getting involved, we educated them on why they must exercise their voting rights”.
“Amidst a sluggish economy, we need people to be able to come out and decide their future, which mostly transpires during the election of a Nation. Letting them understand that the only way they can change the economy positively is by choosing the right candidates to preside over governance”.
In his recommendation, Prince Adedoyin Jokotex solicited denizens not to be sentimental in choosing the right candidate during the elections.
“Everyone’s mindset should be that of survival of the fittest at this moment, we must be ready to effect the change we desire by electing the right leader into every administration. We know those who are capable, we know those who’ve done it already. The likes of Senator Adetokunbo Abiru (representing Lagos East senatorial districts) and Hon. Babajimi Benson (representing Ikorodu federal constituency) is not far-fetched. They’ve shown themselves plausible over time in making the government accessible to all through their effective performances“.
“This is not time to request for rice and beans, provision and clothing, No!, we’ve gone away from that era, if we want our unborn children to enjoy good governance, then it’s time for everyone to enjoy the dividend of democracy” Prince Jokotex surmised