*** We can't afford to hand the state to someone who is completely a novice in the art of creating wealth.
***Some of the guber candidates who parade themselves as billionaires have never managed a kiosk before', Says Myke Ikoku
Seasoned entrepreneur and business chief executive, Evang Michael Ikoku, the candidate of the Young Democratic Party (YDP) has stated his desire to uplift the fortunes of Imo State if elected Governor in 2019.
The Nkwerre, Imo State born CEO of All Seasons Hotel, CEO NV Lounge and Club and MD Mini Place reiterated that as the highest investor in Imo State, he knows what it takes to manage the state resources, as he promised to pay Imo workers N40,000 Minimum wage if elected to govern the state.
Sir Michael Ikoku said "services to humanity are not rendered seasonally. It is not even something that can be extracted or compelled to be rendered. It is a genrational heritage that flows through the DNA.
Men with good consciences and hearts, don't really find it difficult to share or struggle selfishly to retain more than necessary.
Everybody has the capacity and potential to extend goodness within the level he or she operates.
I have read with rapt attention the responses and reactions from my position on minimum wage which bothers on my campaign promises and my action plans to take Imo to a higher level for sustainable economic growth.
I have lived in Imo state all my life. All my businesses, enterprises and other concerns are situated and located here in Imo state. Whatever money I have made in my life, I have channelled and invested every Kobo here in Imo.
I pay my taxes here and remunerate to thousands of people here in Imo every month. None of my staff receives less than the current minimum wage being offered by the state.
It is therefore, unacceptable for internet urchins that are receiving peanuts from their pay masters to take advantage of the social media level playing ground to continue to wreck havoc by heaping insults around few of us that have gone out of our ways to create jobs in Imo state.
If I could do this much as a private man, imagine when the state is finally handed over to me to govern?
The quest to understand the political and economic situation of my State Imo, has been an important part of my life, the wellbeing of my people has always remained the most paramount importance to me coupled with the high rate of unemployment here.
It is my duty as a concerned citizen that loves his state, to help my brothers and sisters come out of the stark political and economic realities that exist here.
For this singular purpose, and after going through the profiles of all the candidates of political parties that emerged to contest the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Imo, I felt, that Imo deserves a more capable hand, someone with massive experience on Job and wealth creation.
Most of the people enlisted for this election have never developed any business or managed any enterprise in their whole lives. They have never paid neither salaries nor wages. We can't afford to hand the state to someone who is completely a novice in the art of creating wealth.
Some of the guber candidates who parade themselves as billionaires have never managed a kiosk before. So where did they make their money? We can't continue to loot public funds and still be claiming to be men of integrity.
A few of them that can be ascribed to have been associated with running private businesses and concerns, have never invested their money back home here. How many of the current guber candidates have verifiable businesses in Imo? None, except l.
That means that any mistake to elect any of them as governor of Imo, the resources of our state will be used to expand their own private businesses outside the state.
Let me reiterate once again, that I stand strongly on my promise to implement a monthly minimum wage of 40 thousand Naira.
It is very important to understand that Imo state has the potentiality to pay her resourceful workers a minimum wage of not less than N50,000 per month. It requires only hard work, honesty and ability to tackle complex economic issues with a great team of economic thinkers to achieve that.
For now, I can confidently state without any iota of contradiction, that I am the best amongst the already emerged guber candidates to tackle the economic woes bedevilling the state, because sustainable long term economic growth, will depend on building a value chain and this requires strong institutions and balanced laws.
We therefore, need a man of immense capacity with over 30 years experience as captain of industries, all located in Imo, to drive the system.
And until we begin to take this path, sustainable economic development will be a mirage.
I urge you all to Support me, EVANG MYKE IKOKU, GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE OF YDP IN IMO STATE.
May God continue to prosper all of us and give us the strength to build a strong Imo."