A former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, November 2, 2017.
Shinkafi also picked the APC party’s membership card at the party’s secretariat in Gusau, the state capital, in the presence of a large crowd of supporters.
The former governor, who was accompanied to the venue by party supporters and was received by the state’s Deputy Governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, on behalf of Gov. Abdul’Aziz Yari, picked his membership card, after which he promised to work for the development of the party not only at the state level but the country as a whole.
“My coming to APC is homecoming 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.
Speaking at the event, the deputy governor, Wakkala described the return of Shinkafi as a `boost’ to the APC in the state
“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,” he said.
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.
He later became the governor of the state in 2007 in the same party before defecting to the People Democratic Party in 2008, after being elected as the governor in 2007.
Shinkafi contested for governor as PDP candidate in 2011 and 2015 losing at both times to the incumbent Gov. Abdul’Aziz Yari of the APC.