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Nigeria's Senate President Bukola Saraki speaks in his office in Abuja, Nigeria, after senators defected from President Buhari's ruling All Progressives Congress, July 24, 2018. REUTERS/Paul Carsten

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LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria's Senate president Bukola Saraki said on Tuesday that he was leaving President Muhammadu Buhari's ruling party.

"I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC)," said Saraki, the third most senior politician in Nigeria, on his Twitter feed.

Last week, following a raft of defections from the party, he told Reuters that there was a very high chance that he would leave the party.

(Reporting by Alexis Akwagyiram, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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