The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has officially unveiled Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as his running mate for the 2023 elections.
This came shortly after the running mate “place holder”, Doyin Okupe, withdrew from the race.
The unveiling took place on Friday morning in Abuja.
Obi said Baba-Ahmed was eminently qualified to bring his private sector and academic achievements to bear in the drive to rescue Nigeria from the primitive politics of ethnicity.
Obi added that the party will anchor its manifesto in the coming days on the 17 goals of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Baba-Ahmed is the proprietor of Baze University in Abuja and a one-time Senator representing Kaduna North in the National Assembly.
Below are some things to know about the Labour Party Vice Presidential candidate in the 2023 general election:
1 – Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed was born to the Baba-Ahmed family in Zaria, Kaduna State, in 1975/1976
2 – He is among the thirty-three children of his father, Baba Ahmed, who was an Arab cattle-trader from modern-day Mauritania, who later became a notable professor and expert on Islamic jurisprudence.
3 – Baba-Ahmed has a BSc and MSc in Economics from the University of Maiduguri in Borno State.
4 – He worked in the security Printing and Minting, Lagos before entering into politics.
5 – Baba-Ahmed was elected as a House of Representatives member for Zaria Federal Constituency on the platform of the All Nigeria People’s Party in 2003.
6 – While in the position, he became known for speaking out against corruption and the Third Term Agenda of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
7 – In 2006, while a Federal representative, he earned the title of Doctor of Philosophy when he completed his Ph.D. studies at the University of Westminster.
8 – Baba-Ahmed was the founder and Pro-Chancellor of Baze University, an independent university located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. which opened in April 2011.
9 – In the April 2011 elections, Baba-Ahmed polled 366,398 votes in the contest for Senator and won the senator seat for Kaduna North from 2011 to 2012.
10 – Baba-Ahmed was officially unveiled as the running mate of Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in the 2023 general election on Friday, July 8, 2022.