The news of his interest in the Bayelsa State gubernatorial election race left many open-mouthed. Not long after this, another news saturated the air that Ben Murray-Bruce, Chairman, Silverbird Group was disqualified from contesting November 19, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primaries for Bayelsa State on grounds of dual citizenship (Nigeria&America).
However, in a recent interview, Ben Bruce, a former Director General of the Nigeria Television Authority has debunked the disqualification rumour adding that the constitution protects his interest so well.
"To the best of my knowledge, nobody has been ousted from the race. If you are ousted from the race, they have to let you know you are ousted from the race. There is no communication to that effect. So everybody is speculating. The race is the only one in the country right now. It is exciting. Everybody is talking about it but nobody has been ousted from the race." He quoted.
He further cited Section 28 of the Constitution as regards the issue of dual citizenship.
"Subject to the other provisions of this section, a person shall forfeit forthwith his Nigerian citizenship if, not being a citizen of Nigeria by birth, he acquires or retains the citizenship or nationality of a country, other than Nigeria, of which he is not a citizen by birth."