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Just in: Ben Bruce withdraws from 2019 senatorial race

Just in: Ben Bruce withdraws from 2019 senatorial race

- Senator Ben Murray-Bruce will not be participating in next year's senatorial election

- The senator announced his withdrawal from the race in a letter posted on his Facebook page

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, representing Bayelsa East constituency on Monday, October 1, announced his withdrawal to return to the Senate for a second term in 2019.

The common sense senator in a letter posted on his Facebook page on the eve of the senatorial primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) thanked his district for giving him the opportunity to serve.

Bruce also assured the party of his availability and readiness to serve at any capacity when the opportunity comes.

Read the letter below:

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"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.

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 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 my self.

Once again, I thank the former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele 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 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, other members of my family for their support and prayers. I appreciate the efforts of my hardworking campaign staff for their support and dedication.

Again, I thank the leadership of the party for their continuing support. I also assured the party of my availability and readiness to serve at any capacity when the opportunity comes."

PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android, read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news app previously reported that Senator Ben Murray-Bruce told the All Progressives Congress (APC) that senators in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are not fighting for Senate president Bukola Saraki, but are against any undemocratic attempt at impeaching the Senate leader.

The senator representing Bayelsa east district at the National Assembly, in a tweet on Saturday, August 11, advised the APC to resort to legal mean of impeaching Saraki if the party desired to do so.

He however, noted that PDP senators will oppose any forceful, illegal and undemocratic attempt to remove the Senate president.

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