BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – Come 2019, the 9th National Assembly will certainly be missing the ‘commonsense’ theatrics of Senator Ben Murray Bruce as the popular zoning arrangement has put paid his ambition of returning to the Red Chamber.
With a general rebuff of his candidacy by stakeholders in the Senatorial district, the lawmaker says a second term ticket on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s platform is no longer practicable.
Consequently, the media mogul and vocal lawmaker, in a letter to the Party in Bayelsa State, effectively confirmed the terminal date of his ‘commonsense’ representation of Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the upper legislative chamber.
Admitting that he has bowed to the people’s wish due to the existing zoning arrangement in the area, Senator Bruce expressed thanks to his constituents for the opportunity to serve them.
According to the letter written ahead of the PDP’s senatorial primaries, the lawmaker said; “I thank God and the good people of Brass, Bayelsa East Senatorial District who offered me the golden opportunity four years ago to represent them and the state in the Senate, Nigeria’s highest lawmaking chamber.
“It is without doubt that I have tried to discharge my duties as a legislator and representative of my people creditably to the best of my ability so far.”
Highlighting his achievements in the red chambers so far, Senator Bruce said; “My voice has been very loud on the issues that matter to our people and our country at all time.
“My support to our party, my people and state government is unquestionable. I am humbled that the national leadership of my party supported by the State chapter in appreciation of my efforts offered to support my reelection to the senate to continue my service.
“I have also intensified consultations in the last couple of week in the course of which I have come to realize an existing local rotational arrangement of over 20 years beginning with the late Great Chief Melford Okilo, by which arrangement the Senatorial seat rotates per local government area among the three councils for four years in the Senatorial District.”
“Even with the support of my party at the National and state levels with the full backing of my state government and leadership, as a man of honour interested in the well-being of my people, I hereby announce my withdrawal from the Senatorial race.
“I do not want whatever reason to appear to have used my privileged position and influence to do anything other than the well-being and the stability and the good of the people.
“I am in all of these for the people, not for myself. Once again, I thank the former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebelo Jonathan, the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, my colleagues in the Senate and Governor of Bayelsa State, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson for their support and encouragement.
“I also thank the leadership of my Senatorial District and state, for being there for me.
“I thank specially the people of my constituency for their trust and confidence in me to serve and represent them in the Senate.
“By trusting me with this mandate, I have come to know them and our people even better, an experience I will never forget for the rest of my life.
“I am indeed grateful to my darling wife, my children, and other members of my family for their support and prayers. I appreciate the efforts of my hardworking campaign staff for their support and dedication.”
The commonsense Senator assured the party of his availability and readiness to serve at any capacity whenever the opportunity avail itself, and thanked the PDP leadership for its continuing support and encouragement.
Expectedly, the twitter was abuzz on Monday as the news of Senator Bruce’s withdrawal from the Senatorial race hit the air waves. Some users took to their handles in throwing sarcastic comments at the ‘Commonsense’ lawmaker over the development in Bayelsa east