Governorship candidate of Young Progressives Party (YPP), Bassey Albert, has been taken to Ikot Ekpene correctional facility, Akwa Ibom State, to serve a prison term of 42 years.
A Federal High Court in Uyo, on Thursday, convicted and sentenced him for corruption following his successful prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State.