Chaos as NMA holds election in Enugu

Nigeria resident doctors
Tochi Juliet

There exist chaos as Nigeria Medical Association, NMA organised election on Thursday in Enugu.

The botched exercise, which was held at Michael Okpara Square, was meant to elect new executive members of the NMA in the State.

However, as soon as the exercise commenced, warring groups within the Association descended on each other, leading to serious violence.

A video clip of the NMA election exercise in Enugu which turned violent

Policemen providing security during the election had a hectic time trying to restore normalcy as the doctors and their supporters launched violent attacks on their members.

Several doctors were wounded in the process.

Trouble started in the Association a few days ago when the State Chairman, Dr. Ike Okwesili was suspended over some allegations.

Dr. Onyekachi Ugwuonye of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Enugu was appointed as NMA’s Acting Chairman.

In a statement, they had accused Okwesili of unjust withdrawal of the rights and privileges of some members of the association.

He was also accused of suspending other doctors based on misinformation, and was planning to barricade Resident Doctors of Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, ARD ESUT-TH Parklane, from participating fully in the state NMA activities.

But the embattled State Chairman, Dr. Okwesili, in his defence, described his suspension as a ruse, alleging that Ugwuonye and co were endangered members of the association under investigation and were working to truncate the NMA State election

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