Ben Murray-Bruce, the senator representing the people of Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the Red Chambers has withdrawn from the race in 2019.
The Senator who is also known as ‘Mr Common Sense’ made the decision on Monday in a letter to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) barely 24 hours to the senatorial primaries in Bayelsa.
He states his reason in the letter that reads in part:
“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 wellbeing 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 that 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.”
He further by thanked former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, his colleagues in the Senate, Governor of Bayelsa State, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson and the people of his Senatorial District for their support and encouragement.
Mr Murray-Bruce, founder of Nigeria’s entertainment firm, Silverbird Group and was elected to the upper chamber for the first time in 2015.
He will be fondly remembered for his contributions in the Senate floor and often kicking against President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic policies.