The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has debunked alleged defection of its former national secretary, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Oye said the party’s ex-scribe was still with APGA, describing a social media report purporting Shinkafi’s defection to the PDP as “fake news”
The rumour might not be unconnected with the appointment of Shinkafi by the Zamfara State Governor, Dr Bello Mohammed as his Honorary Special Adviser on Inter-Governmental Affairs.
“The Zamfara State Governor, His Excellency Dr. Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun)/MON, has approved the appointment of Dr. Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi (Wamban Shinkafi) as his Honorary Special Adviser on Inter-Governmental Affairs.
“The governor, in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Bala Bello (Sarkin Kudun Maru), announced that the appointment of Dr. Shinkafi was based on his track record of selfless service to the nation both politically and morally.
“It is also in recognition of the tireless contribution and support he rendered toward ensuring that the Peace and Reconciliation Committee succeeded in restoring peace and tranquility to all parts of the state.
“The Honorary Special Adviser, Dr. Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi, who is currently the Executive Director, Patriots for the Advancement of Peace and Social Development, was also adjudged by many as a transparent and dedicated politician.
“He was a member of Zamfara State Committee for finding solution to armed banditry initiated by Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) in find lasting solution insecurity in the state.”
Reacting to the rumour, Shinkafi said, “I want to tell my party, APGA and my numerous supporters to please ignore any rumours or mischief making insinuating that I have defected to PDP.
The governor of Zamfara State appointed me an Honorary Special Adviser on Inter-Governmental Affairs because of the vital role I played in restoring peace in Zamfara State, and for finding lasting solution to armed banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, killings and cattle rustling.
“An honorary appointment is only given as an honour without the normal privileges, duties or payment of salaries and renumeration. I am still a card-carrying member of APGA. No shaking, no vibration.
“If I will defect to another party at all, I will write officially my resignation letter to the National Chairman of our great party, Ozonkpu Dr. Victor Oye. So just ignore the speculators and political marabouts whose stock in trade is to cause disaffection.”
The longest serving National Secretary of APGA Alhaji Sani Shinkafi has realised that there is no future for anyone or society clutching to the pillars of a tottering edifice, hence his decision to dump the All Progressives Grand Alliance for the Peoples Democratic Party.
Sani Shinkaffi was welcomed to the most democratic movement in the country with an Honorary Special Adviser Inter Governmental Relation to Governor Of Zamfara state Hon. Dr. Bello Muhammad Matawalle.
This is obviously the biggest loss recorded by APGA in recent times on account of inability to stop exploiting people and start working for the society rather than sharing the money despite lots of abandoned, uncompleted and earmarked projects in dare need of attention.
Hopefully, the Zamfara born political juggernaut must have compared both parties thoroughly before settling for the PDP.