The former National Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Dr Sani Abdulahi Shinkafi has indicated his interest to contest for the National Chairmanship of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement, he signed at the weekend in Abuja Shinkafi stated that he has been under pressure from political associates and friends to run for the APC plumb job.
The APC chieftain is expected to openly declare his intention to lead next week.
According to the statement tagged “Notification Of My Intention To Contest For The Office Of The National Chairman of Our Great Party All Progressives Congress (APC)” Shinkafi said that “after wide consultations and discussions with my family, friends and political associates I have decided to heed the call to contest for the office of the National Chairman of our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“With my wide experience as the immediate past National Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the immediate past Secretary of the Board of Trustees of APGA, I believe that I have what it takes to run the affairs of the APC. I would want to continue with the great job done by the Acting National Chairman His Excellency Malam Mai Bunu in re-organizing and making the party the greatest party in Nigeria.
Shinkafi declared that “If elected I will ensure that the values that birthed the party in 2014 are preserved. I would also ensure that the era of impunity and imposition of candidates against the will of the party’s teaming followers is gone, and this is the time to make the hard and only decision that will serve in the interest of the general members even at the least level must be the only way out.
He noted that “In its bid to retain power in the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria in 2023, there is an urgent need for the party to look beyond personal interest to set its house in order by first of all ensuring that only a credible hand is ushered in to lead the party as the next National Chairman.
“The party came with sound policies and programmes that would have salvaged the country but the party’s dream was shortlived because the forces that are not progressives joined the party through the backdoors only to win elections. The internal functions and wranglings within the ruling party made it lose elections in Bauchi, Adamawa, Edo and Zamfara states among others apart from many legislative seats both at the states and National Assembly levels that were dashed away as a result of poor handling of the party’s 2018 primaries” he added.
Shinkafi pointed out that the party currently needs a leader who commands respect among his contemporaries, a man whose mind is bounded by reconciliatory traits and a young and energetic man who is determined to pay a price for APC to survive against his personal interest. it will never be a plea bargain where personal interest supersedes personal interest.
“The emergence of the ruling party from many political parties and subsequent defections in the aftermath of 2015 elections has been identified as some of the reasons why the party failed to implement its initial manifesto to get Nigeria on the right track again.
“The APC has very sound policies and programmes that are practicable, aimed at changing the fortunes of Nigerians and can only be sustained if an individual who shared the party’s traits are allowed to lead as the National Chairman,” Shinkafi noted.
Dr Shinkafi was born on 20th February 1970 in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, he attended the township Shinkafi, and later went to the Government Secondary School Gwadabawa where he obtained the West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate in 1988, he later proceeded to Polytechnic of Sokoto, Birnin Kebbi, from 1988 to 1991 where he obtained the National Diploma in Business Administration and the Plateau School of Accountancy and Management Sciences Studies from 1995 to 1999, where he was awarded the Higher National Diploma in Accounting. From 2006 to 2007 he was at the Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto where he bagged the Post Graduate Diploma in Education.
In 2016 he attended the Nasarawa State University Keffi where he bagged a Masters Degree in Public Sector Accounting( Public Financial Management).
His working experience spanned various sectors starting his first job as an Accountant in training Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Sokoto, Sokoto State. He was an Internal Auditor Sokoto Engineering and Construction Company (SECCO), Sokoto State.
He later rose to become an Acting Deputy Director Internal Audit Sokoto State Hotels Service Management Board.
Shinkafi was later promoted to the position of the Head of Audit Unit Sokoto State Teachers Services Board, from where he was made the Acting Deputy Director Internal Audit Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Gusau, Zamfara State. He also had a stint at the Ministry of Finance Budget and Economic Planning, Gusau, Zamfara State from where he voluntarily Withdrew his Service from the Zamfara State Civil Service in 2001.
He joined politics and ran for the Chairmanship of Shinkafi Local Government Chairmanship under the flag form of All People Party (APP), he also contested for the Chairmanship of Shinkafi Local Government Chairmanship under the platform of the People Democratic Party (PDP).
He was the State Secretary of the United Nigeria People Party (UNPP) and later the State Chairman All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
He later contested as the Zamfara State Governorship Candidate under the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.
He was a member of the National Caucus of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA, Member National Executive Committee (NEC) said f APGA, he was the National Secretary All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Secretary Board of Trustee All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Shinkafi was a member of the Zamfara State Committee for Finding Lasting Solution to Armed Banditry by His Excellency Hon. Dr Bello Muhammad MON Matawallen Maradun Shattiman Sokoto, Executive Governor Zamfara State 2019.
He was a member of the Zamfara State 25th Silver Jubilee Anniversary by His Excellency Hon. Dr Bello Muhammad MON Matawallen Maradun Shattiman Sokoto, Executive Governor Zamfara State 2021.
He is the Chairman Anti-Illegal Mining Committee appointed by His Excellency Hon. Dr Bello Muhammad MON Matawallen Maradun Shattiman Sokoto, Executive Governor Zamfara State 2021.
He was a delegate of the National Conference in 2014. He was awarded a Certificate of Participation, he attended the 1st All Party Summit Organized by House Committee on Inter/Intra Party Relations 2005.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctors of Management Science Honoris Causa in investment Analysis 2017, an Honorary Doctorate Degree in International Relationship and Diplomacy by Atlas University Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania 2009.
He also bagged an Award of Excellence by Zenith International News Magazine 2009.
He was also named as a Young Ambassador of Peace by Universal Peace Federation and
Youth Federation for World Peace 2010 by the National Drug and Law Empowerment Agency 2011.
He holds many chieftaincy titles which include, Wamban Shinkafi by His Royal Highness Emir of Shinkafi, Alhaji Muhammadu Makwashi MON, Sarkin Gabas Shinkafi Local Government, Zamfara State, the Tambarin Mada by District Head of Mada, Sama’ila Bara’u Mada, Gusau Local Government, the Jagaban Tudun Wada Gusau by District Head of Tudun Wada Nura Kabiru Danbaba, the Shattiman Birnin Yaro, by Alhaji Labaran Abdullahi Suleman Dikko, District Head of Birnin Yero, Shinkafi Local Government, Sarkin Sudan Nakware (Na Farko) by District Head of Kware Sarkin Yakin Kware Alhaji Umaru Dangaladima Isah, Shinkafi Local Government.
Shinkafi is also the Executive Director Patriot for the Advancement of Peace and Social Development (PAPSD).
He has demonstrated the ability to recognize the strengths of various employees and delegate tasks accordingly.
He has as his watchword Honesty, Integrity, Accountability, Prudence Management, Creativity, Disciplined, Objective and Flexibility.