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NMA: Doctors demand cancellation of Enugu fresh election

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By Uzoh Ugwueze, Enugu

Fresh crisis has hit the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, in Enugu state. This is coming hours after the Association held its election after a botched exercise few weeks back.

That election process had been halted after it turned violent, leading to the setting up of a caretaker committee.

In the fresh election conducted by the committee, Dr Tony Onyia of the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, reportedly emerged chairman, although some doctors who were unsatisfied with the process of his emergence are now calling for the cancellation of the election. They are asking the national executive council of NMA to order immediate cancellation of the election and allow another election, guided by the NMA constitution.

They said the election must involve financially up to date members and cum institutions who will vote for their candidate of choice.

In a statement by the concerned doctors, on Monday, and signed by the chairman National Committee on Affiliate Affairs, Dr. Rosemary Uzowulu, they said that “It was a clear show of evil and gross corruption in the nation; it is not just the politicians as many assume but on the elite, medical profession, to say the least.

“It was an election with great apathy, as eligible voters that came out on the 6th of August 2020 disrupted election from UNTH, withdrew from participating in the repeat election, over what they branded as election with gross irregularities.

“Who then can uphold integrity in the nation if NMA, one of the highest respected body could not. Private Financial members from ESUT PARKLANE were denied right to vote because they are not in support of the candidate.

“Members that supported the candidate were listed out a night to election after the members have received private calls from the group days before the date CTC published their names that they will be coming for voting.

“It was a pre-informed attempt to destroy the profession,” it read.

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