Ahead of Tuesday’s (today’s) primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa State to pick the senatorial candidates, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has withdrawn his ambition to return to the Senate for a second term in 2019.
The senator, popularly known by his sobriquet ‘Commonsense’ Senator, abandoned his ambition to represent the Bayelsa East Senatorial District following the alleged widespread rejection of his candidature by the stakeholders of the district.
In a letter written on the eve of the senatorial primary of the PDP, Murray-Bruce said his decision to drop his ambition was due to a rotational arrangement existing among the three local governments that make up the Bayelsa East Senatorial District.
The three LGAs are Brass, Nembe and Ogbia. Murray-Bruce is from Brass area of the district.
Murray-Bruce thanked his district for giving him the opportunity to serve.
The letter reads in full, “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 a 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.