Member representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District also known as Uyo Senatorial District Senator Bassey Albert (popularly known as Senator OBA) has defected to Young Peoples Party (YPP) ahead of 2023 general election.
In a letter addressed to PDP Ward Chairman of Ibiono Ibom Eastern ward 1, Ibiono Ibom local government area and made available to journalists in Uyo over the weekend, Senator Albert recalled his loyalty and commitment to PDP in the last 20 years serving the people of the state in various capacities without blemish.
The letter reads in parts: “I have been a loyal and committed member of the Official Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Nigeria for over 20 years and have through the platform of the party serve our people, state, and nation diligently without any blemish.
” I have by the grace of God contributed positively and impact fully to the growth and development of our dear country, state, and our people in general.
“I believe as a law maker and a distinctive one at that, I must at all times advocate and pursue virtues and values that promote and sustain the effective adherence to the rule of law.
Senator Albert stated that his aspiration to serve as Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom state was not personal or selfish but rather the collective ambition of of Akwa Ibom people based on principles of Justice and equity to achieve a better and prosperous Akwa Ibom.
He maintained that the decision to defect from PDP to YPP was borne out of wider consultation with supporters, friends, stakeholders as well as well meaning believers as his aspiration can not be actualize on the PDP platform.
He said such decision will also help him to take next positive steps to meet hopes and expectations of Akwa Ibom people.
Standard Times gathered that senator Bassey Albert defection to dump PDP coincides same day with the dismissal of the case which he sued the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the conduct of ad hoc delegate election in Abuja High court.
A facebook post recently, by Senator OBA officially declaring his resignation from the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Nigeria reads in parts:
“Today (July 18, 2022), my wife and I officially transferred our memberships to the Young Progressive Party, YPP, having resigned my membership of Official Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Nigeria on July 15, 2023.
“I joined the Young Progressives Party today with my beloved wife, Imaobong, and our membership cards were presented to us by the state chairman, Pastor Nyeneime Andy, on behalf of the party.
“On behalf of my wife, family, and supporters, I declare myself as a vessel in the hands of God to bring positive change to Akwa Ibom state.
Although some people boast about their financial war chests, they can never buy the conscience and rights of the people.
“Today, a new Akwa Ibom birth. Akwa Ibom for you and Akwa Ibom for me. Akwa Ibom, where there will be justice for all.
I offer myself to God, the Akwa Ibom people, and the party to use me to change Akwa Ibom State.
2023 will be about character, competence, and capacity, and I will never let Akwa Ibom people down.
“I am joining the party with my teeming supporters to help build and improve the foundation so that it will form the next government of Akwa Ibom state.”