Former Senator and Governorship Candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, Bassey Albert has been sentenced to 42 years in Prison for Corruption.
Information made available to POLITICS NIGERIA on Thursday revealed that Mr. Albert was arraigned before a Federal High Court in Uyo on Thursday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, where he was convicted.
Mr Albert, a serving senator representing Akwa Ibom North East District, was accused of receiving bribes of 12 cars worth N254 million from an oil marketer, Olajidee Omokore, during his (Albert’s) tenure (2010 – 2014) as commissioner for finance in Akwa Ibom State.
The convicted senator was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, the ruling party in the state, before he defected months ago to the YPP, where he secured the party’s ticket for the 2023 governorship election.
He was a major challenger to the PDP candidate, Umo Eno, in next year’s Gubernatorial Elections. He has been taken to Ikot-Ekpene Prisons to serve out his sentence.