On Thursday, thousands of supporters of Senator Albert Bassey Akpan, the YPP’s nominee for governor of Akwa Ibom, descended upon Uyo to welcome the lawmaker back from prison.
According to kuryaloaded, a Uyo Federal High Court presided over by Justice Agatha Okeke sentenced the Senator to 42 years in prison for corruption on December 1, 2022.
Albert was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with acquiring exotic automobiles worth N204 million from Jide Omokare, a contractor for the Akwa Ibom State Government.
The Uyo Senatorial District Senator was, however, granted bail on Wednesday by a Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.
In order to protect Akpan’s health, the court granted him bail while an appeal was being heard.
Running mate AIG Asuquo Amba Rtd welcomed Akpan and his throng of fans, saying that Akpan’s liberation was an answer to prayer.
Assuring the audience that her husband will work to secure the prosperity and well-being of all Akwa Ibomites, the senator’s wife, Mrs. Imaobong Albert, also made the point during her speech that Akwa Ibom belongs to them all and that they have the right to select who governs them.
Both the Director General, Pastor Sunny Ibuot, and the Chairman of the Campaign Council, Sir Emem Akpabio, asked the electorate to support OBA on election day in order to ensure the fulfillment of God’s purpose.
His wife, Pastor Mrs. Imaobong Bassey Albert, his running mate, AIG Amba, and members of the YPP in Akwa Ibom were present to welcome Senator Akpan.