Meet Datti Baba-Ahmed Peter Obi’s Running mate

Peter Obi presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), has named Datti Baba-Ahmed, founder of Baze University, as his running mate for the 2023 presidential election. 

Obi unveiled his running mate at an event in Abuja on Friday.

The development comes less than 24 hours after Doyin Okupe, former senior special assistant on public affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, announced his withdrawal as the party’s vice-presidential candidate.

The party had in June named Okupe as its “placeholder” vice-presidential candidate.

Speaking at the unveiling, Obi said Baba-Ahmed is “eminently qualified” to be Nigeria’s vice-president if the party wins the presidential election next year.

“This is our match to secure, unite and make Nigeria productive and you can’t do it without having people who have a similar vision, idea and are prepared for that onerous task,” he said.

In his remarks, Baba-Ahmed said he is “humbled and appreciative” of his selection as the party’s vice-presidential candidate, TheCable reports.

Meet Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed?

He was born in 1975 and is a Nigerian economist and politician who served as Senator for Kaduna North from 2011 to 2012 and member of the House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007.

Baba-Ahmed is from the prominent Baba-Ahmed family of Zaria and graduated from the University of Maiduguri.

Baba-Ahmed has a BSc and MSc in Economics from the University of Maiduguri in Borno State.

He worked in the security Printing and Minting, Lagos before entering politics.

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.

Baba-Ahmed was popular for his principled activism.During the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, he was among lawmakers who opposed letting Obasanjo run for a third term.

In May 2006 he said he would not run for re-election unless action was taken to investigate allegations that members had been bribed to support the constitutional changes needed for a third term presidency.

 In 2007 he took the Independent National Electoral Commission to court over conduct of past elections. He was known for speaking out against corruption.

Ahmed was founder and Pro–Chancellor of Baze University, an independent university located in Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria which opened in April 2011.

Labour Party Condemns Movement of National Minimum Wage To Concurrent List

The Labour Party Family a social democratic party in Nigeria has associated itself with the ongoing protest national wide against the removal of the National Minimum Wage from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list.

The party said the move by the National Assembly will further pauperize the workers who are already suffering from the high rate of inflation occasioned by the poor management of the economy.

Speaking to journalists recently the National Secretary Barr. Julius Abure said “Workers over the years are made to suffer and at the receiving end of every unfair government policies”

“Removing the minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list will bring about lack of wage uniformity in Nigeria. The process of collective bargaining and negotiations becomes cumbersome, unrealistic and illusory”, he noted.

He also stressed that the party is shocked and surprised over the numerous media reports of Labour party involvement in a merger talk with other political parties or associations.

 “We hereby make it abundantly clear that the leadership of our party is not and does not intend to merge with any political party. Labour Party have a distinct ideology and programmes which can turn the fortunes of our country around”

He stated that the party intends to “canvass for the support of Nigerians around our party programmes and ideology in order to capture power in 2023”. 

The Labour party is a social-democratic party in Nigeria that advocates for various issues as a member of the opposition, from the increment of the minimum wage to other issues.