KOTA KINABALU: Upko acting president Datuk Madius Tangau (pic) leaves Barisan Nasional to join Parti Warisan Sabah to form a mixed government.
Five assemblymen who are currently "held" at Sri Gaya are expected to be called to Istana Negeri later to state their allegiance.
This decision to leave Barisan Nasional came after a unanimous decision at a supreme council meeting.
Warisan and its partners PKR and DAP are hoping to form the next government with a couple more assemblymen from Sabah STAR or Upko.
Shafie and his team won 29 seats matching the number won by chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman of Barisan.
Two seats won by Sabah STAR held by Dr Jeffrey Kitingan are crucial for either Warisan or Barisan to obtain a clear 31-seat simple majority in the 60 member assembly.
Upko won one parliamentary and five state seats.