The President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Prof. Innocent Ujah, has condemned the disruption of its Enugu chapter election,NAN reports.
DAILY POST had reported that an election organized by the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, ended in a fiasco on Thursday.
It was gathered that the election which started in a tensed atmosphere, snowballed into a squabble with medical doctors engaging in a free-for-all.
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.
Reacting, Ujah in a statement issued to newsmen in Abuja, frowned on the conduct of its members at the election in Enugu.
He said that the president and the national officers’ committee of the association was also aware of the video of the electoral violence in NMA Enugu chapter which had gone viral.
According to him, the video portrayed a bad image of the noble profession.
“It is instructive to note that as the foremost professional body in the country, we condemn in its entirety all forms of electoral violence.
“Electoral violence of any form does not represent what we stand for as Nigerian medical doctors and is clearly at variance with our ideals and ethos.
“This Association believes in the sanctity of the ballot and members must be allowed to exercise their franchise through a free, fair and credible process devoid of any form of rancour or violence.
“Also, members of this noble profession must continue to exhibit a high level of decorum in all our affairs, including before, during and after elections,” he said.
He further stated that the association would deliberate on the case at its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting scheduled for Aug. 27 and Aug. 30.
“This case would be thoroughly investigated and all those found culpable would be brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others.
“We want to reiterate our belief in the sacred democratic values of fairness and exploring the constitutional provisions available for conflict resolution.
He urged all the state branches of thw NMA yet to conduct their elections to ensure that these values and inalienable rights of members are not eroded,” he added.