ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Senator Bassey Albert Akpan has been elected as governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), in Akwa Ibom.
Senator Akpan is the member representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District at the National Assembly.
This came barely one week after the former guber candidate of the party, Pastor Andy Nyenime officially withdrew from the race.
Pastor Nyenime’s withdraw led to a fresh primary, which is in line with the 2022 Electoral Act guidelines as amended and monitored by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in the State.
Adopting option A4, delegates across the 31 Local Government areas of the State queued behind Senator Akpan and affirmed his candidature.
At the end of a peaceful exercise, the National Secretary of YPP, Barr Vidiyeno Bamaiyi, announced Akpan as the winner of the contest.
He decorated Senator Akpan with 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, the 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.
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, among others.