Human activities and vehicles were halted on Friday in Etim Ekpo, a densely populated community in Akwa Ibom State where the Youth Party YPP campaigned for Senator Albert Basi Akban to the area.
This is the first time that the party has organized an election rally since Senator Akpan’s imprisonment.
The rally was led by Deputy Akpan, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Asoko Amba (Rtd) and other party leaders.
Also in attendance was Reverend Mrs. Imapong Bassi Albert, wife of the hopeful governor.
Interestingly, thousands of district residents turned out to welcome YPP Akwa Ubok Abasi, despite the absence of the gubernatorial candidate, Senator Akpan.
Some voters who spoke to reporters promised to vote for Senator Akba even in prison.
Undeterred by the court ruling to imprison Senator Akpan, some said they hoped the candidate would emerge stronger and lead Akwa Ibom to greater prominence.
Also speaking at the campaign rally, the gubernatorial candidate’s wife, Reverend Imapong Basi Albert, said there is no prison big enough to stop people’s yearning.
She said, “Senator Bassey Albert – OBA is still on the ballot; he will win and don’t despair, there is no prison big enough to stop people’s yearning.”
Other party stakeholders and candidates who spoke at the rally said Senator Akpan will free Akwa Ibom from bad governance.
Akwa Ibom 2023: Thousands rally for Senator Bassey Akpan’s campaign in Itim Ekpo