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All you need to know about Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, Peter Obi’s new running mate

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Labour Party (LP) is reportedly set to unveil Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as the Vice Presidential (VP) running mate of its presidential candidate, Dr. Peter Obi..



Doyin Okupe, who was made VP candidate of Obi has stepped down from the position to pave the way for Ahmed.

It was gathered that LP will officially announce Baba-Ahmed as Obi’s running mate on Friday.

Obi’s supporters on Twitter have been jubilating over the catch by their idol, as they lavished praises on him.

Who is 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.

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