Ben Murray-Bruce, a senator from Bayelsa State, has withdrawn his participation in the senatorial primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr Murray-Bruce said in a letter to party leaders that he was constrained by a zoning arrangement in his locality, which rotates senatorial seat by local government area at every election cycle.
The development comes 24 hours to the commencement of PDP senatorial primaries in Bayelsa and other states. Mr Murray-Bruce, founder of Nigeria’s entertainment firm, Silverbird Group, said the decision to step down from the race was a tough one, but he would rather do it than use his might to crush opponent in a manner that could be deemed unfair by some of his constituents.
“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,” Mr Murray-Bruce said.
Mr Murray-Bruce has had one of the most remarkable tenures at the Nigerian Senate since he was elected to the upper chamber for the first time in 2015. He is known to regularly make contributions, and often took hard line stance against President Muhammadu Buhari’s policies.
Shortly after taking his seat as a senator, Mr Murray-Bruce launched his ‘common sense’ campaign, distributing video clips in which he could be seen proffering solutions to what he believed were the nation’s most critical challenges.
His frequent use of social media, especially Twitter, has earned him admiration amongst many Nigerian youth, and he often comes under vicious attacks from opposition handles who see him as pushing a populist narrative and lacking legislative competence.
In his letter to the PDP leaders, Mr Murray-Bruce did not immediately disclose his next political move after his tenure expires in May 2019, but he has been deemed amongst the top surrogates of Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president and PDP presidential aspirant.
Source: Premium Times