Describing himself as a “Circumstantial writer,” Dr. Chucks Osuji, the author of the book: “Ihedioha On A Divine Race To Douglas House,” has disclosed the events that motivated him into the task of writing and publishing the book on the state governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha.
Osuji, a renowned public affairs analyst and public relations consultant, was speaking at the book presentation ceremony which held at Immaculate Hotel, Owerri, on Tuesday, drawing attendance from government circle, the media, business community, political class, the academia and members of the public.
The 342-page book which was his 23rd publication, according to him, stemmed from the findings of the research conducted by his outfit; Opinion Research and Communication INC at the buildup of the last gubernatorial election in 2018 which tipped Governor Ihedioha as the likely winner from the feedbacks across the state. He stressed he had to venture into the work before the election given that the exercise was thorough, professional and unbiased.
Other events, he said contributed to the exercise were political summits organized by the reviewer of the book, Prof. Nathan Uzoma, the Secretary to the Government of Imo, Chief Uche Onyeagocha, where they advocated for the Owerri Zone to produce the governor in 2019 governorship contest.
According to him, the book which sounds political was no difference from his other publications on various topics, as his American education impacted him the ability to identify opportunities to write through circumstances.
The recipient of a prestigious national honour of the Order Of the Niger (OON), while making reference to the topic, posited that governor Ihedioha enjoyed Divine inspiration and backing which enabled him to surmount all challenges before and during the election. He added the book is good for the public, especially political office seekers who will be challenged on the virtues of determination, steadfastness and resilience in such pursuit beyond purchase of expression forms.
Speaking, Governor Ihedioha, represented by the Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Nduwe Nnawuchi, appreciated Dr. Osuji for the brilliant work, despite his physical constraint, which he has converted into strength. He added the author has nevertheless excelled in both private and public life, positing himself as a source of strength for others.
He added the race for Douglas House was over, but regretted the ruins the immediate past administration bequeathed on the state, disclosing his resolve and tireless efforts at rebuilding the state, calling for the support of all.
On his own, Prof Uzoma, averred that Dr. Osuji’s work was reflective of a popular philosophical saying that “Desire is the starting point of success,” appreciating him for capturing the events that preceded the 2019 governorship election, as he enjoined the public to obtain copies of the book.
The ceremony was chaired by Chief Mike Ahamba (SAN), while Dr. George Echebelem was the chief launcher. Commissioners of health, Dr. Vin Udokwu, his Lands, Survey and Housing counterpart, Chief Bon Unachukwu among others graced the occasion.
Dr. Osuji’s other books include; Owerri Mayhem: A Revolution at NOON (1996); Foundation of Igbo Tradition & Culture (2009); Principle of Public Relations (1990); Community Leadership and Rural Development (1986) and, Approach to Practical Politics (1983).