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Senator Dino Melaye, APC-Kogi West, has defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The embattled Senator announced his preference for a seat on the side of the senators of the opposition, PDP , an indication of defection at the plenary, causing a rowdy session.
Melaye resumed plenary after weeks of being away from the Senate Chambers and asked to be moved from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) side of the chamber to the opposition.
He sought Senate President Bukola Saraki’s permission to leave his allotted seat and move to the side of PDP members at the Senate chamber.
He specifically asked that he wants to sit beside the former Senate President, David Mark, an indication of carpet crossing.
According to Senator Melaye, his reason for wanting a change of seat is because his present seat is no longer comfortable after his ordeal with the police and his health issues.
But the lawmakers from the ruling APC kicked against the move by Senator Melaye, arguing that his action was against the constitution.
Meanwhile, the opposition lawmakers, welcomed the change of seat by Senator Dino Melaye.
The decision of Melaye came barely 24 hours after Prince Dayo Adeyeye, one of the aspirants for the governorship ticket of PDP in Ekiti State, dumped the party to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In preparation for his change of seats, Melaye raised a point of order and thanked his colleagues, members of the House of Representatives, his constituents and the Nigerian populace for standing by him during his travails with the Senate.
He thanked the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for their support.