2023: Sen Bassey Akpan Emerges YPP Governorship Candidate For Akwa Ibom

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By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo

A National Assembly member representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan has emerged the governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) for the state.

Senator Akpan emerged the standard bearer of the party on Thursday, following the voluntary withdrawal of the former candidate, Pastor Nyenime Andy who officially announced his decision last weekend leading to a fresh party primary.

Akpan, popularly known also as OBA, was a sole aspirant in the fresh primary conducted by the YPP in line with the 2022 Electoral Act guidelines as amended and monitored by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.

The party, which adopted option A 4 arrangement for the primary, from the 31 local government areas of the state, and who were used during early primary that produced former candidate, lined up behind Senator Akpan and affirmed his candidature.

The 2022 Electoral Act as amended, stipulates that when a candidate voluntarily withdraws from an election, he or she must be substituted through a fresh primary within a specified time provided in the Act.

At the end of a peaceful conduct of exercise, the National Secretary of YPP, Barr Vidiyeno Bamaiyi, announced OBA as the winner of the contest and decorated him the Party’s regalia for candidates, and gave him a Certificate of Return.

In his acceptance speech, an elated Senator Akpan, promised not to disappoint his family, teeming supporters, party and the entire state as the YPP gubernatorial candidate.

He assured that with “3R mandate” he has set for himself, which means to Recover Akwa Ibom state from bad governance, Reconcile the state with God, and Reposition it for prosperity, he would be one of the best governors Akwa Ibom has ever had, when he wins at the poll, next year.

Promising that he would govern Akwa Ibom state with the fear God, the new YPP’s flag bearer, specially praised God for His divine favour of life upon his family, and one who shows and leads the way for him to follow to attain the height so far.

OBA, who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), thanked the party faithful and his teeming supporters for what he described as the “overwhelming confidence” reposed in him to  lead Akwa Ibom and transform it to a land of prosperity, peace and justice for all. 

Aside from INEC, the fresh primary was also witnessed by the national and state officers of YPP, other leaders and members of Akwa UbokAbasi Campaign Organisation – his campaign structure, family members, friends and associates from across party lines in the state.

Before the fresh governorship primary, the party has within the last two weeks conducted fresh primary in 18 state constituencies including districts of the state where former candidates also withdrew their candidacy for people who joined the party lately but have better strength and capacity to win the various seats for party in the state.

New Nigerian Newspapers in Uyo also observed that YPP, which birthed in Akwa Ibom less than seven years ago, is fast growing with membership strength weeks after OBA decamped to the party from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The development is unsettling the ruling PDP and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) whose membership are declining by day for the emerging YPP ahead of 2023 general elections.

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