Dr. Okechukwu Oye was also elected at the convention as the national chairman of the party while Chief Uche Okagbuo and Alhaji Abubakar Adamu were elected as national deputy chairmen, South and North respectively.
Maku was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and minister of information until 2014 when he sought the party’s ticket to contest the 2015 governorship election in Nasarawa State but was defeated at the primaries.
In his bid to contest the election, Maku swiftly dumped the PDP and declared for APGA where he was given the party’s ticket to contest the governorship election but was defeated by a sitting governor, Umaru Tanko Almakura of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The APGA election in Awka which was by voice vote also returned the outgoing chairman of the party in Anambra State, Chief Mike Kwentoh, as the party’s new national organising secretary.
Speaking at the occasion, the party’s outgoing national chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, thanked members of the party for supporting him all through the period he served as chairman and urged the new leadership to build on the current party structures as well as resolve issues that might arise within the party with maturity.
Umeh said his Exco inherited an empty treasury on assumption of office in 2006, but that the party now has no less than N40 million in its treasury for the new leadership to take over.
The incoming national chairman, Oye, in his acceptance speech pledged that the new leadership would work towards making APGA the most formidable and purposeful force in the Nigerian political landscape.