Senate President Bukola Saraki outmanoeuvre the All Progressives Congress (APC) by leaving the party to thwart the plan to expel him.
A legislative source said that the senate president announced his defection after getting wind of the plot to allegedly humiliate him.
The source said the national working committee of the party led by Adams Oshiomhole had finalised plan to kick-out Saraki out of its fold.
The source said: “Saraki announced his defection to avoid the sledge hammer dangling on his head. He got the wind of the meeting and quickly announced his defection from the ruling party.”
The APC leadership on Monday dissolved the Kwara faction loyal to Saraki and appointed a caretaker committee.
The next step was to come down hard on Saraki but he beat the APC leadership to it.
While announcing the defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Saraki said he was forced out of the ruling party.
He said he did all he could to reconcile with the leadership of the APC but some forces frustrated it.
Hours after Saraki made his decision known, reports emerged that the NWC of APC had issue a query to him.