National Association of Traditional Medicine Practitioners of Nigeria, NANTMP, Ekiti State chapter has ruled out the option of out of court settlement in resolving the leadership crisis rocking the body in the state.
The association said it will not drop its litigation against the factional leader, Chief Dauda Arowa, over his alleged attempt to disorganize the body by creating a splinter group and put members into disrepute.
NANTMP also called on Governor Ayodele Fayose to reconstitute the State Traditional Medicine Board to be able to lay a good foundation for the progress of the association and members, in terms of practice and compliance to the rules in the state.
The Chairman of the trado-medical body, Chief Jacob Osamika and his deputy, Chief Maurice said this in Ado Ekiti after the association’s state general meeting held on Friday.
Speaking on the factional crisis in the association, Osamika said the suit filed by his members against Arowa and others, is still pending before the Chief Magistrate Court, urging the defendants to stop acting in a manner that could frustrate the judicial process.
He said he was validly elected to lead the NANTMP in Ekiti through an open and transparent election, saying the reconciliation being sought by the leader of the factional group when a case is pending in Court, is capable of derailing the course of justice.
He described Arowa’s group as ‘saboteurs’, Osamika said: “After my election at the Southwest Executive Council meeting as Chairman of Ekiti in Olorunda in Osun State in 2012, the National President, Chief T.O. Omoh and deputy, Alhaji Salisu Damasani came to Ekiti to give me the certificate of Return on November 12, 2012.
“Why should anyone go ahead and set up his own group in contravention to the election that produced me and the directive of our leaders? The idea by Arowa that I should settle out of Court by swapping positions between my own validly constituted executive and his, is not tenable and we reject this ”.
He called on the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, to order expeditious hearing of the case for justice to be served on the issue as soon as possible.
Osamika added that the reconstitution of the trado-medical board became expedient, as part of efforts to expose members to modern medicine practice for revenue earnings and to complement the orthodox medicine.
The NANTMP, had in 2013 through its Lawyer, Barr Sunday Ochai, approached the court to challenge the authenticity of the Chairman being claimed by Dauda Arowa.