The ‘Common Sense’ senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, has been threatened with recall from the Senate by some members of the East Senatorial District in Bayelsa State.
They accuse him of neglect, and having failed in his responsibilities.
Those calling for his recall are majorly students of his constituency which comprises Nembe, Brass and Ogbia local government areas of the state.
In a statement signed by leaders of the student bodies, Samuel Tari (Nembe), Ambrose Joseph (Brass) and Mark John (Ogbia), and made available to newsmen on Tuesday, they lamented that Senator Murray-Bruce has been an Abuja Senator with no known contact with the people of his constituency.
The statement read in part, “Since Bruce became a senator, he has failed to look into the basic needs and challenges currently bedeviling the East Senatorial District, such as education, as most of our students cannot access good quality education.
“He has failed to attract a single project to the district in terms of infrastructures, roads and others. He has continuously and deliberately ignored efforts by the people to create a working relationship that will bring out purposeful leadership for our people.
“He is yet to fulfill any of his campaign promises; painfully, he is an Abuja-based senator. He refuses to visit his constituency, except only once when he visited his hometown and couldn’t even stay for up to four hours.
“Sincerely, we are tired, other places are enjoying the benefits that come from having a national representative. Our case has been a curse rather than a blessing. We are just like a district without a senator. This is why we are intended to change that narrative”.
On their next line of action, the students said the senator has 10 days to amend his ways or face persistent protest and recall process.
“We are, hereby, giving him an ultimatum of 10 days, starting from 21st August. If he fails to meet with us, we shall take our protest to the National Assembly. We will mobilise all the students, our mothers and our fathers. We will initiate his recall process. Our people deserve a better treatment from him. We request to have a town hall meeting.”
Recall that Kogi West senatorial district has already written the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seeking for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye, who represents them at the Senate over complaints of neglect.
There is also a similar case ongoing in Kano State, where a constituent has written INEC for the recall of their lawmaker in the state Assembly.
It appears Sen. Murray-Bruce may be the next lawmaker to face similar treatment.
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