The Nigerian Senate was thrown into a rowdy session Wednesday after Senator Dino Melaye defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It was the first Senate plenary for the embattled lawmaker in weeks having been bed-ridden after a failed attempt to evade being taken to Kogi State by the Nigerian police.
The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district in the National Assembly raised a point of order on Wednesday where he thanked his colleagues, members of the House of Representatives, his constituents and the Nigerian populace for standing by him during his travails.
Mr Melaye also thanked the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for its support, before announcing he would sit beside former Senate President, David Mark, pending the time a seat would be allocated to him.
All that is left is for Mr Melaye to formally write the Senate president of his decision to leave his party and join the opposition.
Melaye’s defection comes as a blow to the ruling All Progressives Congress, particularly as the influential nPDP block has been expressed discontent with the ruling party over the past weeks.
It remains to be seen how many of his colleagues will join him in decamping.
More to follow…