Renowned finance guru, banker and chartered accountant, Sir Stanley Amuchie, has said that his main mission in the race for the 2019 governorship position in Imo is to reposition the state for better service delivery and development.
He said that he would do this through effective financial management and prudent and judicious utilisation of available resources.
Amuchie, who is among the governorship aspirants under the All Progressives Grand alliance (APGA), said that with a first class honours degree in Industrial Chemistry and having made a mark in the banking industry, he is at a vantage position to rescue the state from the its current economic crisis if elected governor next year.
He said that what Imo State is currently lacking is leadership, stressing that as a finance guru, he would raise the internally-generated revenue of the state and make it rely less on federal allocation.
The governorship contender, from Uvuru, in the Aboh Mbaise Council area of the state, stated this on Friday at an interactive session with members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Imo State Council, christened ‘Face to Face.’
Sir Stanley, who is the founder of a non-governmental organisation, the Good Light Foundation, assured that as a governor he would focus primarily on agriculture, healthcare, qualitative education, industrialisation and provision of maximum security.
“As a successful banker who invested over 18 years of service in the Zenith Bank, helped to raise its fortunes from a mere N20 million to N5 trillion, I am not new to financial management. I will, therefore, bring my wealth of experience to bear in governance if given the opportunity to serve,” he said.
He also promised to revive all ailing industries established by the first civilian governor of old Imo State, the late Chief Sam Mbakwe, and accelerate environmental sanitation in the state.
“Without sounding immodest, I make bold to state that I have all it takes to move Imo State forward. I am coming with the fear of God I have decided to take the risk and to make personal sacrifice in the interest of our state and this is why I am in the race.”
Amuchie dismissed insinuations in some quarters that he was being drafted into the gubernatorial race by Governor Rochas Okorocha, stressing that his decision to run was entirely personal as he never had any decision or contact with the governor on the issue.
He said, “It is a total fallacy for somebody to say that I am being sponsored by the governor. In any case he is in one party and I am in another and everybody knows who his governorship candidate is, which he has been pursing with all vigour and passion. So how can he be engaged in that project and at the same time sponsoring me This is just a cheap political blackmail by those who are afraid of my rising profile and popularity in the party.”
Amuchie said that he had not met Okorocha one on one, adding that the closest he could get to the governor was that Zenith Bank has a customer relationship with the Imo State Government, which is a normal banking practice.
While expressing optimism that he would clinch APGA’s ticket by divine grace, Amuchie made it clear that he was not bothered by the large number of aspirants in the party, stressing that whoever becomes the party’s candidate would enjoy the support of others.