Mr Bassey Albert, senator representing Akwa Ibom North East senator district.

Abasifreke Effiong

The senator representing Akwa Ibom North East senatorial district, Mr Bassey Albert, has resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party.

In a resignation letter dated 15th July posted on his verified Facebook page, the senator said the “yearnings and aspirations of his people cannot be actualised in the PDP.”

Mr Albert contested for the PDP governorship ticket in Akwa Ibom State but withdrew from the race few days to the party primary in May this year citing a subsisting Federal High Court order obtained by some members of the party challenging the election of ad hoc delegates used for the governorship primary.

The senator said his resignation from the PDP will enable him take the next positive steps to meet the yearnings of Akwa Ibom people.

The resignation letter reads, “I have been a loyal and committed member of the Official Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Nigeria for over 20 years and have through the platform of the party serve our people, state, and nation diligently without any blemish, and I have by the grace of God contributed positively and impactfully to the growth and development of our dear country, state, and our people in general.”

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“I believe as a law maker and a distinctive one at that, I must at all times advocate and pursue virtues and values that promote and sustain the effective adherence to the rule of law.”

“As you are aware, my aspiration to serve our dear state in the office of the Executive Governor is not personal or selfish but rather the collective ambition of our people, based on the principles of justice and equity, to achieve a better and prosperous Akwa Ibom State.
In words of Jean Anouilh and I quote ‘The only immorality is not to do what one has to do when one has to do it’.

“Therefore, after an extensive consultation with my God, family, friends, supporters, and well-meaning believers in a just and equitable Akwa Ibom State across the world, it’s obvious that these collective yearnings and aspirations cannot be actualize under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”

“Consequently, guided by the sentiments, concerns and worries of our people so expressed on the need to take immediate steps for the actualization of their aspirations. I am therefore compelled to resign my membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) forthwith.”

Mr Bassey Albert is a two term senator and chairman, committee on upstream petroleum resources in the senate.