Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye, on Wednesday announced at the Senate that he longer feels comfortable sitting on the APC wing of the chamber and asked to be sited with the opposition.
It was Melaye’s first day at the Senate since he landed in the hospital after a failed attempt to evade being taken to Kogi State by the Nigerian police. He arrived with a walking stick and a neck support.
“Specially, I appreciate the Peoples Democratic Party for making statement during my recall exercise and asking everyone to stay aback. Politics has been shown not to be individualistic but to be about issues and purpose. To the National Chairman and executives of PDP in Kogi State, I salute you,” he said.
He then asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to mandate the sergeant-at-arms to create a seat for him at the opposition wing of the chamber.
“I have a special request to you Mr President. Because of the trauma I went through and I’m still going through, I want to seek your indulgence that you will call on the Sergeant-at-arms to look for a comfortable seat for me on this side of the divide (pointing to the opposition wing) because I am no longer comfortable sitting here. So, I want to ask the Senate President that you mandate the sergeant-at-arms tomorrow to look for a seat for me on this other divide of the chamber.
“Before you do that today, through the help of my walking stick I will take a comfortable seat close to Papa, General Senator David Mark pending when you get me a comfortable seat on this side.”
While he did not make it clear whether he was decamping to the opposition, many suspect he may be moving to PDP.