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‘Why I left Zenith Bank job to succeed Okorocha’


Stanley Amuchie

• Tasks NANS on credible regime in Imo State
Citing alleged increasing poverty level, decrease in human capital development, increasing decay of infrastructure and huge debt profile, a former General Manager/Group Zonal Head of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Stanley Amuchie, has thrown his hat in the ring to take over the leadership of Imo State.

Amuchie, who is a governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), made the declaration recently during his investiture as the Grand Patron of National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), Zone B Secretariat, by the association at Bohn Cynthia Luxuria, Owerri.

The ex-banker urged NANS, led by its Zonal Coordinator for the Southeast and South-South geopolitical zone, Okereke Godson C. Bishop, to work assiduously to ensure that a credible leadership was enthroned in Imo State to turn around the political, economic and social fortunes of the state for the better.

While appreciating the proactive disposition of NANS in organising the event, Amuchie said he was worried by the increasing level of poverty, resulting in deaths, inability of the people of the state to either take care of the medical bills or go to hospitals, when they are sick, stressing that Imo required new, positive ideas in governance anchored on a people-driven development paradigm.

According to him, I cherish this award and for life. I decided to leave my job to seek the governorship of Imo State because I am ready to sacrifice whatever comfort I have. The people are poor; people are dying, people cannot pay hospital bills. The state must find a way of doing things right. If we do, people will not steal money while in office. People will decide how development will be in this state.”

While decrying the huge debt profile of the state, Amuchie urged the student leaders to “wake up and help enthrone good leadership. We are going to bring new ideas into governance. I had to give up my job. I felt I had the urge to serve the people of Imo State.”

Amuchie reminded the students that in 1989 when he attained First Class in Industrial Chemistry of the University of Benin and Fellow of the Institute of Chattered Accountants of Nigeria, things were not as hard as now and urged people to discountenance fake stories and falsehoods that he was being sponsored by the incumbent, governor, Okorocha.

Denying that he had ever met with Okorocha or cut corners, the former bank executive declared: “Those are fake stories that people should disregard. I have never met with the governor. I have not sat with him anywhere.

Those are funny stories from the pit of hell. The indebtedness of this state are from the Excess Crude Account and bailout loans where deductions are made. No matter who is there, it is to be paid because those loans have been taken. I needed to make that clarification.”

Earlier in their address, the Zonal Coordinator of NANS, Okereke and the National President of NANS, Bamidele Danielson Apkan, represented by the Vice President, National Affairs of the association, Chidi Ilogede, said the choice of Amuchie for the conferment was due to his distinguished career in the banking sector and humanitarian gestures. He noted that only the President of Nigeria had received similar honour.The association promised to participate actively to enthrone credible leadership at all levels of governance in the next elections. 

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