Shinkafi said his defection is the outcome of a "long negotiation between me and stakeholders who have faith in me and my leadership qualities."
Shinkafi announced his defection to the ruling party at a ceremony in
Gusau, the state capital, on Sunday, March 12, NAN reports.
He became Zamfara governor in 2007 on the platform of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) but defected to the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in 2008.
He lost to the APC in 2011 and has since then remained in the PDP.
The former governor said his defection is the outcome of a "long negotiation between me and stakeholders who have faith in me and my leadership qualities."
He urged all his supporters to join him as he plans to make the APC stronger.
Shinkafi said he made up his mind to join the APC after series of meetings with stakeholders.
He also announced that all his former cabinet members, including his former Secretary to the State Government, Mamman Bawa, has also joined him in the ruling.
The return of Shinkafi to the APC might be a grand plan by the stakeholders in the state to re-elect him as governor in the 2019 elections.
Alhaji Muntari Anka, who served as a deputy governor with Shinkafi, also moved to the APC in Anka Local Government constituency a fortnight ago.