Former Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, yesterday told young entrepreneurs that he did not obtain first class or second class upper to get to his political career but by a stint of hardwork.
Imoke said this in Calabar while speaking to young entrepreneurs at the Bridge Leadership Foundation’s (TBLF) Eighth Career Day.
Imoke, who is the Founder of the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), said he had the privilege as an ordinary man at the age of 30, to run for an elective position through hard work and determination.
He said: “There is nothing special about me. I felt I could run an election at the age of 30.
There was no political profile, no background, no connections… I said I could do things differently, so I got engaged in politics and I had a strong support from a few people, including Clement Ebri, who was the governor and from my wife.
“I was privileged as an ordinary man. There is nothing special about me. I was able to take good opportunities.
I did not even get first class or second class upper. I got was a second class lower, the gentleman’s grade.. I wanted to be remembered for the lives I have affected positively,” Imoke advised.
The keynote speaker, Mr. Tonye Cole, tasked young entrepreneurs to build a network of quality to achieve a better result.
Mr. Paul Nwulu, who spoke on the theme, ‘Youths and Good Governance: The Future we Want’, called on youths to have boundary in their decision-making by stepping out of their comfort zones to make a difference in governance.