A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former presidential aspirant, Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Iwuanyanwu, has officially announced he is quitting politics.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the politician and business man said he is stepping down to allow the younger politicians succeed.
He asked young politicians to draw wisdom from his wealth of experience and continue with the struggle for a better Nigeria from where he stopped.
Iwuanyanwu added that he has been mentoring the young generation who will sustain his political ideology and philosophy.
According to the him, leaving politics would give him the chance to focus on his charity organisation, businesses and family.
The Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Council of Elders, however, pledged to continue serving his people to the best of his ability.
Part of the statement read: “Before I take a bow in politics, I wish to put on record once again my key thoughts on several National questions that are yearning for answers which were the main reasons I ventured into politics and actually aspired for the office of the President of Nigeria thrice with the hope of fixing Nigeria one day.
“Unfortunately, providence was not on my side to be President of Nigeria. The younger generation of leaders can through these little views of mine, draw wisdom from my wealth of experience and continue with the struggle for a better Nigeria (in the context of partisan politics) from where I stopped.
“On September 4th 2021, it pleases the Lord that I mark my 79th birthday so quitting politics would enable me to focus on my charity organization.”
Iwuanyanwu was born on September 4th, 1942 in Atta, Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria. He is a civil engineer, industrialist, politician, football club owner and philanthropist.
The billionaire attended St. Patrick’s School, Rukpoku, Port Harcourt, Rivers State from 1948 to 1954. He thereafter enrolled at New Bethel College in Onitsha, Anambra State.
Iwuanyanwu had his undergraduate studies at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he studied civil engineering between 1963 and 1970.
The Igbo leader was the founding Chairman Nigerian National Lottery, Chairman National Orthopedic Hospital Igbobi, Lagos and presently the Pro-Chancellor University of Calabar.