Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Dino Melaye has decamped from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC). He has now joined the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Embattled Senator Dino Melaye has defected to PDP. He announced his defection during plenary this morning May 30th, 2018.
Dino who was hospitalized after his face off with the Nigeian Police Force (NPF) last month, appeared on the floor of the senate in a white attire and a bandage wrapped around his neck to announce the move.
APC Senators, Ahmed Lawan, Olusola Adeyeye and Kabiru Marafa questioned Melaye’s method of defecting to PDP insisting that he should not be allowed to sit on the side of PDP senators.
Senate President Bukola Saraki however said that Melaye who appeared in neck dress only asked to be assigned a seat where he would be comfortable due to his ill health.
Melaye had told his colleagues that he was no longer comfortable sitting with APC senators.
In April, Melaye was arrested after presenting himself to the police to answer questions on allegations of sponsoring a criminal gang.
Reacting to the news, Senator Ben Bruce has welcomed Dino Melaye to the PDP, stating that they are going to treat him well in the party. He made this known in a Tweet which he wrote;
Great to have @dino_melaye at the @NGRSenate today and hearty welcome to our great party, @OfficialPDPNig. We will treat you good – no trauma or intimidation whatsoever’.