Senator Bassey Albert has been elected Governorship Candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The primary election, held on Thursday July 4, 2022 saw all delegates to the Primaries affirm a YES vote to endorse the candidature of Senator Bassey Albert as the gubernatorial flagbearer of the YPP in Akwa Ibom State.
The primary election took place at the State Secretariat of the Party along Edet Akpan Avenue, Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
The Young Peoples Progressives Party had to conduct a new primary following the voluntary withdrawal of the winner of the first primaries Apostle Nyenime Andy.
In his remarks, Apostle Andy described Senator Bassey Albert as the Nehemiah of today predestined to liberate Akwa Ibom people. Apostle Andy declared, “today marks a day that the captivity of Akwa Ibom State will be broken”.
While expressing optimism that soon every corner of the State will be adorned with the party’s identity, the State Chairman emphatically said that the Young Progressives Party will win all the units, wards and local government areas in Akwa Ibom State, come 2023.
Given the widespread controversy bordering on the gubernatorial candidacy of the party in Akwa Ibom State, earlier in his speech, the National Secretary of YPP, Barr. Vidiyeno Bamaiyi, said the election of Senator Bassey Albert has not only put paid to uncertainties about its governorship candidate, but has further ignited the fire of Ballot Revolution in the State.
Barr. Bamaiyi appreciated members of the party for their dedication, commitment and steadfastness to the course of a new and better Akwa Ibom and revealed that YPP was founded on the ideals of social democratic governance to allow opportunities for younger and deserving people in public positions. He said that the party’s fresh elections across the State were necessitated by the voluntary withdrawal of some of its candidates.
On the choice of consensus election, Bamaiyi, who acted as the returning officer, disclosed that the 2022 Electoral Act allows parties to choose between Direct Primaries, Indirect Primaries or Consensus to elect their standard bearers. “On 25th July 2022, Nyenime Andy, your State Chairman, withdrew his gubernatorial candidacy, leaving the party with no choice than to open fresh sales of forms where only one person, OBA, indicated interest.
“Yesterday, we successfully screened him, and he scaled through without issues. So today, we have our Consensus Candidate after his statewide consultations,” he concluded.
In his acceptance speech shortly after being declared winner, Sen. Bassey Albert the now official gubernatorial candidate of the party, brimmed with excitement and appreciation to the National and State Working Committees of the Party, INEC, and his array of supporters for believing in his ability to turn around the fortunes of Akwa Ibom State as the Executive Governor. He assured that the Young Progressives Party will form the new government of Akwa Ibom State from 2023.
Senator Albert, while reiterating that his campaigns will be issues-based and factual, went on to disclose that his manifestos will be “sold” to the people of Akwa Ibom State from one unit to the other. “This is one campaign that will be based on facts. We will sell our manifestos to the people from unit to unit, ward to ward and across the 31 local government areas of this State,” he stressed.
OBA, as Senator Akpan is popularly called, declared that the party, after taking over in 2023, will be running on his 3R mantra: Recovery of Akwa Ibom State, Reconciliation of Akwa Ibom State with God and Repositioning of Akwa Ibom State for greatness. He declared himself a vessel in the hands of God and vowed to lead Akwa Ibom State in the path of righteousness, promising not to disappoint the party, Akwa Ibom people and his supporters.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of Certificate of Return to the winner, Distinguished Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, by the National Secretary of the Party, Barr. Vidiyeno Bamaiyi.