Following weeks of absence at the Senate chambers, the embattled Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye, has resumed plenary on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
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.
But upon arrival at plenary today, Senator Melaye requested to be moved from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) side of the chamber to the Opposition.
This is after he had thanked the the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for their support during his travails.
It is understood that he specifically requested to sit beside former Senate President, David Mark, pending the time a seat will be allocated to him.
It was gathered that Mr Melaye’s movement was greeted by rowdiness among lawmakers at the Senate floor with those who spoke later expressing mixed reactions.
While the PDP senators spoke in support of his move the APC senators in the chambers tried to prevent his movement.
He was thereafter aided by some of his colleagues to his preffered seat.
Meanwhile, let it be known that the lawmaker did not and is yet to formally announce his defection to the PDP.
To do so officially, he 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.