Dr. Okwuonu, a Nigerian politician with a different political philosophy
By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu
Dr. Chukwuemeka Okwuonu, medical director of Isaac Okwuonu Memorial Hospital, Aba, Abia State is a rare species in Nigerian politics.
While his contemporaries engage in politics and lost their relevance in their different fields of human endeavour, Okwuonu believes that politics is a vocation which should not uproot someone from his profession.
He posits that what drives people into politics is to grab all they can at the expense of providing quality services to the people who elected them.
" Politics is all about service to the people who elected you and not a means for primitive accumulation.
"Politics does not in any way translate to a means of accumulating what even your great grand children we not exhaust. This is greed and not politics, and this is our bane in this country. People keep grabbing what they won't need even in the lifetime of their great grandchildren. That is why we are where we are today," he said.
Okwuonu is of the opinion that people should remain relevant in their professions and not abandon it in totality so that they can have a fall back position.
This quintessential politician was born by late Pastor Isaac Okwuonu and Mrs Sarah Okwuonu of Agburuike Isiugwu in Obingwa local government area of Abia State on 20th December, 1953.
His father's vocation as a pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist faith took him to more than one primary school, from Ekeakpara, Ahoada,and Ikot-Ekpene.
He had his secondary education at Ihie HighnSchool between 1967 to 1973. Okwuonu studied medicine & surgery at University of Maiduguri. Part of his youth service was done at General Hospital, Dekina.
He had various stints with Ebenma Hospital, Aba and Royal Hospital before he established Isaac Okwuonu Memorial Hospital in 1989.
In 1991 he ventured into politics and was elected the first councillor of Umuola ward in the then Aba local government.
When Aba local government was splitted into North and South, he was elected the Aba North chairman of the Social Democratic Party in the ill- fated republic.
He later had a shot at the state executive of SDP and also contested for the state chairmanship position which he lost.
He was elected the first executive chairman of Obingwa local government when it was carved from the defunct Obiomangwa in 1997.
His attempt to represent his federal constituency at the federal house was abortive as he lost in the primaries. He was the running mate to the factional PDP governorship candidate of Abia State, Ikechi Emenike.
He also attempted the Abis South senatorial in 2015 in the platform of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA). Currently he is a member of one if the federal boards.