Former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Mahmuda Shinkafi, has decamped from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Shinkafi visited the party’s secretariat in Gusau, the state capital, on Thursday, to collect his membership card.
Accompanied to the secretariat by party loyalists, Shinkafi was welcomed by the state’s Deputy Governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala on behalf of Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari.
Shinkafi assured the party of his commitment to work for the development of the party, not only at the state level but also the nation in general.
“My coming to APC is home coming for me, because I left it before and now I am back home to my brothers and sisters. Together we are going to work for the party to become stronger and the party to beat in the state,” he said.
Describing the return of Shinkafi as a `boost’ to the APC in the state, the Deputy governor, Wakkala said, with the ex-governor’s input the APC would be built to be more viable.
He said, “It is not a matter of coming back but it is a return to the fold of Yarimawa. Together we are going to build the APC to become more vibrant and a viable political party in the state and country”.
Shinkafi was a deputy governor to the first Zamfara civilian governor, Alhaji Ahmad Sani for eight years under the platform of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP).
He rose to become the governor of the state in 2007 under the same party. He later defected to the People Democratic Party (PDP) in 2008, following his election as the governor in 2007.
Shinkafi vied for governor as PDP candidate in 2011 and 2015 losing at both times to the incumbent Abdul’Aziz Yari of the APC.