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Bassey Albert, the governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, has been sentenced to 42 years in prison by an Akwa Ibom federal high court for fraud.
Albert was arraigned in 2019 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a six-count charge of allegedly taking possession of six vehicles valued at N204 million when he was Akwa Ibom State finance commissioner.
He reportedly obtained one of the cars from Jide Omokore, an associate of Diezani Alison Madueke, former minister of petroleum.
It was gathered that Omokore had dealings with the oil-rich state when he gave Bassey the vehicle.
The presiding judge, Agatha Okeke, while delivering judgment on Thursday found the accused guilty of the offences.
He was consequently sentenced to Iko Ekpene prison to serve his time.
Albert, a serving senator representing Akwa Ibom north-east district, was initially in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He dumped the PDP for the YPP in July. He secured the YPP ticket to contest the governorship election in 2023.