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Violence mars medical docs’ election in A’Ibom

Bassey Anthony, Uyo

Election into govt positions within the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of Nigeria Medical Affiliation (NMA) descended into chaos as reported circumstances of rigging and violence had been recorded.

The ballot came about at Docs Mess, a rest hotspot owned by NMA, positioned on the Udo Udoma axis of Uyo metropolis.

Pandemonium erupted halfway into voting when a sure Dr. Uduak Okon was caught attempting to insert 5 already ticked poll into the poll field.

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On inspection, it was found that the poll papers had been ticked in favour of one of many chairmanship candidates, Dr Ime Udoh. The invention generated protests by some docs.

Voting was stalled for about 30 minutes throughout which some senior docs arrived the scene to establish the scenario.

On attending to the election venue, a former NMA Chairman and medical sciences lecturer, Dr. John Udobang, upon inquiries from the returning officer, was bodily attacked by an aide to Dr. Valerie Obot, who was the returning officer within the election.

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Dr Udobang’s pair of eyeglasses was damaged by the stated PA.

The previous NMA Chairman sustained facial accidents and a foul eye.

He was subsequently taken to hospital for remedy, whereas the PA who is just not a medical physician was arrested by the police.

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“The powers that be have lastly hijacked NMA. They need to impose a stooge”, a protesting physician lamented as he left the venue.

Teargas fired by police rented the air as some docs, commuters and pedestrians scampered for security.

Late into the evening, the outgoing State Chairman of NMA, Dr. Nsikak Paul Nyoyoko, swore in Dr. Ime Udoh as winner of the chaotic election.

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