Ed Malik, A / July 8, 2022 3.40 PM

The political eyes of Nigeria were turned today to the Labour Party when it unveiled 46 years old economist, educationist and politician, Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as the Vice-Presidential running mate to their flag-bearer, Mr. Peter Obi.

Datti Baba-Ahmed holds a PhD degree from University of Westminster, London. He had been a Senator in Nigeria’s parliament before he founded the Baze University Abuja and Baba-Ahmed University Kano.

The Labour Party running mate is the founder and Pro-Chancellor of Baze University, Abuja. The university also owns the Baze University Hospital, said to be one of the leading private hospital complexes in the country.

The young politician-economist is not exactly a political neophyte but has, in fact, been a Senator representing Kaduna North from 2011 to 2012; and was before the senatorial stint, a member of the House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007.

Dr. Baba-Ahmed is a thorough-bred professional and scion of the North whose anti-corruption activism has always stood him out in public life.

Speaking eloquently at the unveiling ceremony, Baba-Ahmed left no one in doubt of his vision akin to missionary zeal on why he accepted to be Peter Obi’s running mate.

To begin with, he said: “My task here today is simple and it is to accept my nomination but just before I do that, I should give justifications as follows.

“And it goes logically without saying that you can only rescue that which is in trouble and Nigeria is in trouble and I cannot afford not to be part of the movement to rescue Nigeria.

“The second reason is that I believe in the greatness of Nigeria. I believe there will be peace and prosperity, and I believe Nigeria people will unite.”

On the former Anambra governor’s consideration, Baba-Ahmed said Obi’s integrity and achievements in the private sector were part of what also informed his decision to join the ticket.

“Having come from the education sector and background, when I hear a valuable thing I know it and I cannot let it pass. The comment from our presidential candidate that the fertile land in the north is the crude oil of Nigeria, is one.

“How much more nationalistic and detribalized can you (Obi) be? I see a brighter future for Nigeria from such a comment. He is someone of integrity and capacity.

“This is a high point in my life and career. Having said this and with all trust in Almighty Allah and my belief in Nigeria and with all humility, I accept the generous nomination to be the vice-presidential candidate of the Labour party for the 2023 general elections.”

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