The MPs said in a letter to the speaker of the 360-seat lower chamber that they had joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) party.
Mr Jonathan moved from the vice-presidency to the presidency in 2010 after his predecessor, Umaru Yar'Adua, died in office.
The APC was formed in February following the merger of four opposition parties to challenge the PDP in the 2015 election.
The defection of the MPs is the latest blow to Mr Jonathan and his governing People's Democratic Party (PDP and will make it extremely difficult for them to implement their legislative programme, correspondents say.Filmography, jump to: Actor, miscellaneous Crew 2016/I, remember When (Short) (production assistant getting Started.Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.The PDP, which still controls the upper chamber, the Senate, has won every national election since the end of military rule.Start your free trial).Last week, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo told Mr Jonathan it would söta asiatiska högskola cam be "morally flawed" for him to seek re-election because of his failure to tackle Nigeria's myriad problems - including corruption, piracy, kidnapping and oil theft.This is the first time a president has lost his majority in the chamber since military rule ended in 1999.Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has lost his majority in the House of Representatives after 37 MPs defected to a new opposition party.Image caption President Jonathan is facing serious divisions in the governing PDP.Nigeria is due to hold presidential elections in 2015.He won presidential elections the following year).
This came several weeks after a powerful faction of state governors broke away to join the APC.
The PDP now has fewer governors supporting it than the opposition.
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