The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, made a similar announcement at about the same time.
Saraki made his announcement on his official twitter handle, saying, “I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
Nigerians have largely expected the movement from Saraki, especially after all the federal lawmakers from his Kwara State left the APC last week.
The Senate President is expected to join the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Governor Ahmed, Mr Saraki’s political ally, also defected to the PDP.
A statement by his media aide, Muyideen Akorede, said the decision followed consultations with people in the state.
“Following due consultations with the people and in response to calls by major stakeholder groups in the state, Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed today defected to the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), having realized that the All Progressive Congress (APC) can longer serve as a platform for achieving the aspirations and expectations of his people,” the statement said.