Two factions have emerged from the
annual election conducted by the Nigerian
Medical Association, Lagos State chapter.
The election, which took place at different
venues, was supervised by different
national officials of the association.
A former President of the Lagos Medical
Guild, Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote, emerged
as the Lagos NMA chairman- elect at the
election held at the Nigerian Institute of
Medical Research, Yaba while Dr.
Olubunmi Owojowolo was declared the
winner at the election that held at the
Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-
Araba.
Both parties who spoke to our
correspondent on Sunday claimed that
they had followed the NMA national
constitution by announcing the planned
venue of the election.
Odusote, the chairman- elect of one of
the factions, said the association was
committed to reconciling members of the
other faction under its umbrella.
He said, “The national body of the
association was invited into the matter
through a petition that was written by four
affiliates of the association. The national
NMA then set up a two-man committee to
investigate. They visited Lagos a week ago
and each side presented its positions.
“NMA then issued a directive that no
election should hold in LUTH or LASUTH
and we should look for a neutral venue
for the election and we fulfilled this and
other criteria for the election to hold.”
According to Odusote, the association,
over the years had been fragmented as
private doctors were being sidelined in
many activities carried out by the state
NMA.
Odusote said, “If we can harmonise the
efforts of our private practitioners with
that of the government to achieve a
robust health sector that Lagos needs,
that will be better and we are committed
to ensuring that this happens. To achieve
this, we need all hands on deck; and our
goal is to ensure that we reconcile all
practitioners of medicine in Lagos.”
Also speaking at the swearing in of the
newly- elected officers in LUTH, the other
factional leader of the state NMA,
Owojowolo, insisted that the association
was not divided in the choice of its
leadership.
Owojowolo said, “We are all doctors united
with the aim to provide quality healthcare
delivery to the public in general. We will
ensure, as officials of the association, to
give the sector the best and to run the
association according to the set out rules
and regulations.”