Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
Senator Joshua Dariye (Plateau South) has announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In his defection letter which was read by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, yesterday, Dariye who is standing trial for corruption, said he opted to defect as result of the protracted crisis in the PDP. He was embraced by APC senators who immediately took him to APC row in the chamber.
His defection brought the current number of APC senators to 59 while PDP is 43. Labour Party has one member. Six members in Kogi, Imo, Anambra and Rivers State are either awaiting by-elections or waiting to be sworn-in.