The Labour Party, will on Friday unveil Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as the running mate to Mr Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the party in the 2023 elections.
Senator Baba-Ahmed, who is in his 40s is the Proprietor of Baze University, Abuja and Baba-Ahmed University Kano.
According to reports, the unveiling of the vice-presidential candidate was initially slated for Thursday to be done by the LP’s Presidential candidate at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja.
However, the National Chairman of the party, Barrister Julius Abure said that the ceremony could not go ahead as planned because the Presidential candidate, who had travelled to Maiduguri and was expected back in Abuja Thursday afternoon had his flight cancelled.
Abure announced that the unveiling of Mr Obi’s running mate was rescheduled for Friday, July 8 at the party’s headquarters, Abuja
WHO IS YUSUF DATTI BABA-AHMED?
Yusuf Baba-Ahmed was born 1975. He 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 graduated from the University of Maiduguri.
Baba-Ahmed comes from the well known Baba Ahmed family in Kaduna, whose brother is Hakim Baba-Ahmed, spokesperson of the Northern Elders’ Forum, NEF.
Business Hallmark checks revealed that Datti Ahmed is quite popular as a politician, and also youthful, well educated and founder of Baze university Abuja.
Meanwhile, his imminent nomination as Obi’s running mate is generating excitement among the supporters of the former Anambra State governor, as many see him as a perfect match for the ticket.
Datti was a member of the House of Representatives between 2003 and 2007, and was elected Senator for Kaduna North, in Kaduna State, Nigeria in April 2011 running on the Congress for Progressive Change ticket, with a remarkable record of the credit of sponsoring important legislation in a very short time.
He has four degrees: a BSc and MSc in Economics from University of Maiduguri, a MBA from University of Wales, Cardiff and in 2006. He successfully completed his PhD studies, earning the title of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Westminster.
After his service year at University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun state, he worked as Projects Co-ordinator, Baze Research and Data Services Ltd. and as Officer II in the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, Lagos.
He worked as a Banking Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Plc from July 1997 to Dec 1998 and then came back to become the Managing Director of Baze Research and Data Services Ltd in July 1999 – January 2003, before venturing into politics.
In 2011, Sen. Baba-Ahmed established Baze University, an independent University located in Abuja, Nigeria.
Sen. Datti is a well accomplished philanthropist. Among many of his corporate social responsibility projects; he built and donated two junior secondary schools with total capacity of 4,000 students. It is worthy of note that the schools have graduated over 6,000 students to date.
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