- A former gubernatorial candidate of APGA during the 2019 general election in Zamfara state, Sani Shinkafi, has dumped the party for the APC
- The leadership of the APC had said on Monday, June 28, that no fewer than 18 governors would welcome Bello Matawalle into the party on Tuesday, June 29
- Shinkafi, however, said he was invited by Governor Matawalle to join him in the APC in order to build the state
Gusau, Zamfara - Sani Shinkafi, a governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the 2019 gubernatorial election in Zamfara state, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Legit.ng gathered that he said he did not join the APC for material gain, but to help develop the state.
Why he is joining APC
Shinkafi said he left APGA not because he doesn't like the party, but in order to join Governor Matawalle in the APC to rebuild Zamfara state.
He said he was invited by Governor Matawalle himself to join him in the APC, saying that he sees no reason why he should not join him.
The News also reports he maintained that he was one of the founding fathers of APGA, adding that he had been in the party for 19 years and rose through the ranks to become its national secretary.
“I am not forcing anybody to defect to APC and I will continue to relate with those who chose to remain in APGA because of our long-existing relationship. I am joining Matawalle in APC, with the APGA structure in the state and 14 local government areas (LGAs) of the state."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the APC allegedly commenced negotiations with three opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors with a view to winning them over to the ruling party.
It was reported that Governor Mai Mala Buni-led national caretaker committee has begun talks with governors Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, Ifeanyi Ugwanyi of Enugu state and Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa state.
The APC source said Governor Ikpeazu would be the next to join the ruling party, adding that talks have reached an advanced stage.