The Chairman of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Apostle Nyeneime Andy has said that Senator Bassey Albert Akpan (OBA) as a naturally gifted leader will bring all hands on deck to achieve unity, peace and development when he becomes the state governor in 2023.
Apostle Andy, who spoke shortly after the funeral service in honour of Late Akparawa Robert Albert Akpan, the younger brother of Senator Albert at Shelter Afrique Field, Uyo, Akwa Ibom on Saturday, November 5, 2022, said the YPP governorship candidate has a striking quality of being generally loved and cherished by other leaders and people across party lines in the state and beyond.
He said, “Over time, I have seen him as a leader who easily wins the goodwill of other leaders. He is loved, respected and cherished generally across all strata of the society.
“People see him as someone they can trust; someone who can meet needs; someone who has the interest of others – always very responsive and responsible.
“Check out how other leaders’ rates him – they trust him, they believe in him and see him as someone who has the capacity to govern and develop the state. Besides, all the components units of the state – Ibibio, Annang, Oron, Eastern Obolo, Ibeno have confidence that he is for all and not sectional.
“Senator Bassey Albert Akpan has all traits of a naturally gifted leader. He is a unifier and a leader who inspires people greatly. When he comes on board as governor in 2023, he will therefore easily unite Akwa Ibomites and mobilize them to achieve all round development in the State.”
Apostle Andy said “Even when the funeral service for his late younger brother was kept low, I mean moderate; eminent leaders across all political parties still rallied to identify and console him and the family.”
“It is a very sober moment. I wouldn’t want to talk politics here. But clearly, Akwa Ibomites have a material in the person of Senator Albert to give the kind of leadership they want, someone who will turn things around and create wealth for the people and drive even development from May 29, 2023.”
He commended all the eminent personalities, royal fathers, clerics, leaders and members of socio-cultural for turning out to mourn with the family of Senator Bassey Albert Akpan over the loss of their son, Late Akparawa Robert Albert, who died recently due to kidney related sickness.
Among the personalities at the funeral service were former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, His Excellency, Senator Godswill Akpabio and wife, Mrs Unoma Akpabio; the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Obong Umana Okon Umana; Former Presidential Adviser, Senator Ita Enang; members of House of representatives – Hon. Charles Uduyok, Hon. Aniekan Umana, Hon. Emmanuel Ukpong-udo, Hon (Dr) Mike Enyong; the former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Obong Nsima Ekere; the Chairman, Young Progressives Party (YPP), Akwa Ibom State, Apostle (Dr.) Nyeneime Andy; YPP Deputy Gubernatorial running mate, AIG Asuquo Amba (Rtd.) and wife, Mrs Janet Amba; Mr Akan Udofia and Chairman, Akwa UbokAbasi Campaign Council, Sir Emem Akpabio.
Others were Director General of Akwa UbokAbasi Campaign Council, Pastor Sunny Ibuot; Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong; Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Akwa Ibom State, Barr.Ini Ememobong; Archbishop Andrew Uwanta, Obong Daniel Udoh; Hon. Unyime Idem; Prince Enobong Uwah; YPP Senatorial Candidate for Akwa Ibom South, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-eyen; PDP Senatorial Candidate for Akwa Ibom North West, Barr Emmanuel Enoidem; YPP Senatorial Candidate for Akwa Ibom North East, Barr Usenobong Akpabio; Hon. Monday Eyo; a political chieftain, Chief Jerry Okpo; Archbishop Cletus Bassey and Rev (Mrs.) Angela Achong, among several others.
Also, the International President of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, Akparawa James Edet, NPOM, led over 100 members of the foremost socio-cultural organisation to honour the Late Robert, who was their member.