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“Do or die elections happen because Presidents and Govs have too much power over the treasury of their domains” – Ben Murray-Bruce



ben murray bruceReacting to a statement credited to Oyo state’s former governor Adebayo Alao Akala, which he said he was happy that he lost in the last election because of the plummeting allocations to states, the “common sense” Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has said that money is the major reason Nigerians contest elections.

He said that this is the main reason for violent, and “do or die” politics in the country.

Read his tweets below.


  1. Segi

    March 21, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Uncle ‘no common sense’, abeg shut it biko. One has never heard you canvass for core issues, only to play to the gallery. Recently a bill on Women equality right was rejected by the Senate, you kept mum. The senators allocated tens of millions of Naira to themselves as wardrobe and car allowances, amidst the harsh economy. Still you said nothing! There are issues bothering on Health care, Child welfare, Education, Shelter, Food etc… When will your senses pick on those issues to discuss on the floor of the house. Even better, since you have been elected a senator kindly publish the list of bills you’ve initiated or supported!

    • truth

      March 21, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      if even if he didnt say anything on these issues immediately, one must agree that he is right. If the governors and presidents are given less control over treasury most of these do or die political rubbish would stop and finally we can get true politcians who want to help the people and not themselves.

  2. prince

    March 21, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Shut what @Segi, the man is making serious sense. If you’ve been following United States Election process you will know that we are in big trouble in this country.

    Look at Jeb Bush, Ben Carson and the rest, they dropped out of the election without hard feelings. Look at what happened in Rivers State during parliamentary election this past Saturday, that shows you that people see election as a do or die affair.

    • ElessarisElendil

      March 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      LMFAO!!! Just wait until Trump is denied the ticket or better yet google democratic primaries 1968.

      Nigerians really need to let our America related inferiority complex go; they are not a perfect country, not even close.

  3. Tosin

    March 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    he always makes common sense.
    “Do or die elections happen because Presidents and Govs have too much power over the treasury of their domains. Remove that and it will end.”

    so I was asking a friend what we can do about theft in government, because we have Larry Ellison, multibillionaire, founder of Oracle, with possibly thousands of Nigerian practitioners (certified Oracle something-something) , so why is it that we can’t monitor accounts in government, why is it that we can’t monitor accounts in business also…

    because as it is in government, so also in business – you can’t leave for one hour, employees would have shunted your sales into their own pockets. 😀

    Nigeria can’t be THAT special. There has to be a way.

  4. i no send

    March 21, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    true that

  5. ElessarisElendil

    March 21, 2016 at 6:43 pm


    We held presidential and governorship elections in most states, there was minimal to zero violence. The question has to be what makes Rivers special and how to reduce their specialness.

    Even the Oyo state he’s mentioning, now correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall reports of violence there.

  6. jann

    March 21, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Ben could you please lend Buhari this common sense than wasting it on talk.

  7. Sansarai

    March 21, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    And in other breaking news…..the Pope is catholic!

  8. nnenne

    March 22, 2016 at 3:02 am

    And this goes to show that these politicians are not there to serve the people!

    Again people are asking, ” Where is the change?”
    The political violence has gotten out of hand.

  9. swagg1

    March 22, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    We dont need any lecture from senator hypocrite. Your lack of comment is preferred.

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