Archbishop Cletus Bassey, President of Akwa Ibom Christian Assembly flanked by leaders of the group praying for Senator Bassey Albert, governorship candidate of the YPP in Akwa Ibom State.

Abasifreke Effiong, Uyo.

The Akwa Ibom Christian Assembly (ACA), a body of Christian leaders in the State has declared support for Senator Bassey Albert, governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP.

ACA had said in December last year during her monthly prayer meeting that it will announce her preferred candidate for the governorship election early this year and will mobilise their members across communities in the State to vote for him.

Over 1000 clergymen and women including Archbishops, Bishops, Apostles, Pastors and other ordained ministers of the gospel of Christ across denominations who lead the group at the state, senatorial districts, chapters, wards and communities prayed for Senator Albert and declared that he is their choice for the March 11 governorship election.

The public endorsement which took place at Destiny International Mission, Uyo, on Sunday 5th March 2023 during a prayer meeting for leaders of the group, all church leaders in the state were told to mobilise their members in every community to vote for the YPP.

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The President of ACA, His Grace Archbishop Cletus Bassey and Primate of Destiny International, said the choice and anointing of Senator Albert for the governorship of the state was them “yielding to the inner voice of truth”.

“For the past months, weeks and days we’ve been praying, we were seeking the face of the Lord in diverse ways. I have battled with my flesh and the voice of my master to arrive at this point, but in the end, let God be God and let man be man.”

“We are not against anybody, everyman has the right to choose whom he wants to vote for. I have the right to choose who I want to vote for. I believe strongly that for justice, the next Governor of Akwa Ibom state should come from Itu/Ibiono Ibom.”

“What we are doing today, we are not challenging anybody, it is yielding to inner voice of truth. This is by the conviction of all the Bishops, Apostles and leaders of this structure”, the group’s President said.

Archbishop Bassey who is a former Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Akwa Ibom State, urged indigenes and residents of the State not to allow their conscience to be bought with money.

“This is no time to collect money and sell your conscience. It is not the time to count in dollars or go after monies that cannot pay your rent and take care of your children. It is the time to decide for what is just and true”, he stated.

Prayers for peaceful conduct of the election, unity in the body of Christ and other intercession were led by Bishop J. Offiong of the Ikot Abasi Diocese of the Methodist Church, Apostle Willie Rufus, Apostle Johnny Uko, Apostle Angela Ashong, Apostle Akan Weeks, and Apostle Frank Praise.