Nigeria: Dino Malaye serves notice of defection to PDP
Abuja, May 30, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Embattled Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye, who is been having a running battle with the ruling party, APC announced his arrival to the Senate today with a subtle notice of defection to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP by asking the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to mandate the sergeant-at-arms to create a seat for him at the opposition wing of the chamber.
Mr Melaye, who attended the chamber with a neck support, announced he would from now sit beside former Senate President, David Mark, pending the time a seat will be allocated to him.
Mr Melaye has been bed-ridden since he landed in the hospital after a failed attempt to evade being taken to Kogi State by the Nigerian police.
Raising a point of order on Wednesday, Malaye 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.
Mr Melaye also took his time to thank the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for their support.
He was thereafter aided by some of his colleagues to his preferred seat.
He is, however, yet to formally join the PDP.
To do so officially, Mr Melaye would have to write the Senate president of his decision to leave his party and join the opposition. The letter would then be read during Senate plenary.