- Senator Ben Bruce’s constituents reportedly said he did not deserve re-election in 2019
- The constituents accused the senator of poor senatorial representation
- Backing another person for the senatorial seat, they advise Bruce to go back to his entertainment business
The constituents of Senator Murray Ben-Bruce in Bayelsa East, on Tuesday, April 10, said that the ‘common sense’ senator did not deserve re-election in 2019.
According to the Nation, the constituents claimed that Senator Ben Bruce did not represent them well in the Senate and asked him to forget politics and return to his entertainment business.
NAIJ.com gathered that they, however, backed Nimi Barigha-Amange, who represented the district in the Sixth Senate.
They recalled that during Amange’s period, they had a robust and quality representation.
Rising from a stakeholders’ meeting in Nembe, Bayelsa, constituents, comprising John Thatcher, David Obodor, Afen Bright, Wilson Abel, Oscar Egberi, Jeff Afagha, Angela Ikokote, Rev. Ranami Afagha, and Atim Atim-King, among others, said Amange would be a worthy candidate.
In an address read by one of the stakeholders, Wilson Abel, they urged the electorate to reject the years of suffering, cluelessness and ineffective senatorial representation.
The constituents said they would not accept an imposition of “faceless hawks” that had no link with the people they claimed to represent.
The address in part: “A district blessed with wealth of inestimable value has nothing to show for it. Rather, the district is seen as the poorest of all the senatorial districts in the state. Our children will one day ask what happened to our oil and gas and the answer will be inexplicable.
“This is because of the non-performing senators picked to represent the district. Whatever we have in the district is through the benevolence of the government of Seriake Dickson, the indisputable leader of the Ijaw nation.
“It is pertinent to mention that the only highway linking Yenagoa, the state capital, with Nembe local government area was facilitated by Dickson. The leaders, as well as the government of Bayelsa state had single-handedly fought for the relocation to the state of oil and gas companies to their operational headquarters.
“But the call has fallen on deaf ears because our senators never tried to add inputs into this demand. As we talk, taxes due the state are rather paid to Lagos and Abuja against our demands.”
The stakeholders further lamented that there were issues the senators that represented them after Amange would have handled, but they turned a blind eye.
“Despite billions of naira being appropriated for projects, for the past eight years, no single constituency had been located in Bayelsa East. Are we not worthy of one or two constituency projects?
“If they claim that we are wrong, let them point at a constituency project they have influenced to the district! Twon Brass, the citadel of Christianity is being washed away gradually by the Atlantic Ocean.
They alleged that the community has cried out, calling for embankment but the senators representing the district have reportedly failed to pursue the project for the people.
“They should also tell us how many appointments they have attracted to the people – none as we know. Even their personal relationship with the people is nothing to write home about. Another area our senators have failed the people is their non-commitment towards the realization of the Brass LNG, which had been in limbo for so long.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported Senator Ben Bruce called on the federal government to heed to the call of a former chief of army staff, Theophilus Danjuma, on the killings in Taraba state and its environs.
Describing Danjuma as a patriot, he said only a few Nigerians can match Danjuma's contribution to the country.
He said: "Can anyone accuse TY Danjuma of not being a patriot? How many Nigerians have done for Nigeria what TY has done for this nation? Few. Very few. When he talks like this, we should know that it has gotten to a very bad state. I call on the government to heed his call."
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