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Senator Dino Melaye flanked PDP senators Eyinnaya Abaribe (L) senator Ben Murray Bruce (R)

Senator Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West) has explained why he opted to sit among opposition senators shortly after he resumed sitting following weeks of absence.

The senator opted for a change of seat to the side occupied by senators from the People's Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday.

"I see lion, tiger and snakes on this sit. Change my sit," Maleye said in a message posted on his Instagram page.

The embattled senator had been away from the plenary for some weeks after he sustained injuries when he allegedly jumped off a police vehicle when he was being take to a court for an appearance in a criminal case.

At the plenary on Wednesday, Melaye openly made a request to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, saying "Mr President, I want to seek your indulgence that you would call on the Sergeant-at-Arm to look for a comfortable seat for me on this side of the divide (pointing at the PDP side) because I'm no longer comfortable sitting here."

A PDP senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, subsequently 'welcomed' him to the party on Twitter. "Hearty welcome to our great party, @OfficialPDPNig. We will treat you good - no trauma or intimidation whatsoever," Murray-Bruce tweeted.

However, Senator Melaye has not made any official declaration about his decamping to the People's Democratic Party (PDP).



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