From Ngozi Omah, Awka
The presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, and former governor of Anambra state, Mr Peter Obi has named Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as his running mate in the forthcoming Deb 25,2023 general election.
This comes after much apprehension, anxiety and seemingly obtrusive moves by the opposition to deny the former governor of Anambra State, whose evident popularity is growing astronomically each second as the days speed by, the opportunity to get a credible running mate that will share in his passion, mission and vision.
While the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s deadline drew fast, Obi and his party, in order to satisfy the yearnings of millions of Nigerians, decided to capitalise on the window of substitution to gain enough time to get it right. And when they eventually did, nothing could have been more glaring than the fact that The Team for a new Nigeria that will effectively galvanise Nigeria’s Second Independence is loading…
Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed has therefore stepped in to replace Dr. Doyin Okupe who had been Obi’s running mate on a placeholder capacity while the diligent search and consultations lasted.
The choice of Sen. Baba-Ahmed has elicited wild jubilations across the country, reminiscent of the reaction that greeted the declaration of Obi to join the Presidential race on April 6, three months ago. Both attestations are to the confidence of the public on the capacity and moral probity of Obi and Baba-Ahmed to manage the affairs of Nigeria.
Obi and LP couldn’t have expressed in more affirmative terms that the Nigerian youths form the fulcrum of their quest to turnaround the country from Consumption to Production economy. At 50, Baba-Ahmed is appreciably representing the younger generation.
But the Kaduna-born scholar and politician is not only about young age. He is an astute Economist and educationist with a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Economics from the University of Maiduguri, Borno state. He also holds an MBA from University of Wales, Cardiff and a PhD from the University of Westminster.
The scion of the renowned Baba-Ahmed, an immigrant to Zaria from Mauritania in the early decades of the last century, is reputable for his very strong anti-corruption stand and passion for quality education.
He is the founder of Baze University Abuja, and the Baba-Ahmed University Kano (awaiting licence).
With a rich past of descending from the famed Baba-Ahmed, the patriach of the dynasty, who was a reputable scholar on Islamic Jurisprudence and renowned teacher at Barewa Collge, Zaria, Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed adds to the growing wide acceptance of Obi’s candidacy. The vice presidential candidate also brings to the race his wealth of experience that cuts across the corporate and public sectors.
He was a Federal House of Representatives’ member for the Zaria Federal Constituency (2003-2007) and the Senator Representing Kaduna North Senatorial District (2011-2012) both under the Platform of the All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP.
Dr. Datti Baba-Ahmed is the younger brother of consummate Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the Director of Publicity of the Northern Elders Forum. As a corporate sector guru, Sen. Datti Baba-Ahmed was a banker with the First Bank of Nigeria, worked in the Security Printing and Minting, Lagos before he founded the Baze Research and Data Services Ltd where he held sway as the MD before his venture into politics in 2003.
When the man fondly called Okwute and the Labour Party promised to turnaround Nigeria for the better, they were not exaggerating. To the Obidient Movement faithfuls, the waiting is over. If there’s anything like a perfect match, HE Peter Gregory Obi and Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed are the real deal.