Popular United States of America-based medical practitioner, Dr. Lawrence Chukwuma Osondu has described Nigeria’s prominent politician, human and material resources developer, Chief (Dr.) Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu (CFR) as a man of many positive parts and great asset to Igbo land.
Highlighting the sterling qualities of Chief Iwuanyanwu, Dr. Law Osondu, a former governorship aspirant under the Labour Party (LP) told news men in Owerri that Iwuanyanwu had contributed to the development of Igbo land more than any other individual of Igbo extraction.
Law Osondu who addressed news men shortly after his governorship campaign structure collapsed into the Emeka Ihedioha Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Campaign structure disclosed that he was attracted to the PDP in appreciation of Chief Iwuanyanwu’s philosophy of politics without bitterness and fairness to all manner of persons as well as Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha’s maturity in politics and excellence in service.
According to the US-based medical practitioner, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu had over the years and by virtue of his love for Igbo nation, made tremendous investments in the industrial, educational and health sectors as well as sports and infrastructural development across Igbo land and other parts of the country.
Law Osondu who hails from Lude Ahiara in the Ahiazu Mbaise local government area of Imo State recalled with satisfaction that Chief Iwuanyanwu at the peak of his socio-economic splendor, single-handedly built the now popular Iwuanyanwu blood bank located within the premises of the Federal Medical Centre Owerri, built a games village, established the defunct Iwuanyanwu Nationale football club, the champion newspapers company, bakery industries, insurance and financial houses as well as other industries in Igbo land.
The former Labour Party Chieftain reminded Ibos that Chief Iwuanyanwu provided the financial bed-rock for the kick off of construction work at the Imo airport and later gave a boost to flight operations at the airport by setting up the defunct Oriental Airlines Company that brought great relief to Ibo business men and travelers.
According to Law Osondu, Iwuanyanwu, a business mogul and charismatic politician stood shoulder to shoulder among prominent and famous politicians from other parts of the country.
“Truly, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, an Ibo son of Imo State origin is a political icon, a beacon of progress and source of inspiration to many of us, the younger generation politicians.
He further, recalled that Chief Iwuanyanwu’s scholarship awards to hundreds of Igbo students in secondary and tertiary institutions made it possible for many people and families to attain glorious heights in life.
In the area of politics, Dr. Osondu recalled that Iwuanyanwu, the Ahaejiagamba Ndigbo made ,Ibos proud by occupying a centre stage in the defunct Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP) of the second republic, the Nigerian Republican Convention (NPC); the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP), the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Law Osondu who is the immediate past President of Mbaise nation in USA charged all prominent Ibo politicians and economically successful men and women of Igbo extraction to emulate Chief Iwuanyanwu’s selfless life style and large-heartedness in the scheme of things.
Dr. Law Osondu expressed optimism that with the fatherly support, vision and influence of Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the Peoples Democratic Party’s Imo State governorship candidate, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha would emerge the next governor of Imo State in 2019.