The former governor of Zamfara State, Mahmuda Shinkafi has picked the All Progressives Congress (APC) party’s membership card at the party’s secretariat in Gusau, the state capital.

The event took place on Thursday before a large crowd of supporters.

Shinkafi, who was accompanied to the venue by party supporters, was received by the state’s Deputy Governor, Ibrahim Wakkala.

The former governor, after picking his membership card, promised to work to support the APC's change initiative.

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“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.

The deputy governor described the return of Shinkafi as a `boost’ to the APC ahead of the 2019 general elections.

“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, Ahmad Sani for eight years under the platform of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP).

He later became the governor of the state in 2007 in the same party before defecting to the People Democratic Party (PDP) 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, Abdul’Aziz Yari of the APC.

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