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After much consultation and nationwide exploration, the Labour Party has finally announced Dr Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as Peter Obi’s running mate. This statement, however, is yet to be officially announced by either the presidential candidate of the party or the party itself. But influential supporters cum inner caucus and firsthand informants of the Labour Party and Peter Obi.
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For example, David Hundeyin, one of the most vocal and influential Peter Obi supporters took to his Twitter account to make the announcement, and Nefertiti, another influencer took to her Twitter handle @firstladyship to confirm the choice. Further, Dr Doyin Okupe, DG of the Peter Obi Presidential campaign, who served as a placeholder pending the time a standard running mate was found, took to his official Twitter to announce his withdrawal as running mate. According to him:
This afternoon I  submitted my withdrawal letter from the position of the Vice Presidential candidate of the Labour Party to INEC. A replacement will be announced by d national chairman of d party shortly. I feel greatly blessed to have been part of the foundation of success 4 the LP
Many have lauded the party’s choice stating Yusuf Datti’s rich background as an intellectual and successful businessman. In fact, before the announcement, many had tipped them as the favourite among other potential running mates. 
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Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed is a Nigerian economist and politician. He was a Senator and founder of Baze University Abuja and Baba-Ahmed University, Kano (Awaiting License). He is the founder and Pro-chancellor of Baze University Abuja where the Baze University Hospital which is said to be the biggest private hospital in Africa is domiciled. 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 PhD studies at the University of Westminster.
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Yusuf Datti came into the political limelight following his anti-corruption activism. This drove him into politics where he served as a Representative for Zaria Federal Constituency from 2003 to 2007 and Senator for Kaduna North from 2011 to 2012. He was also a PDP presidential aspirant in 2018. In conclusion, as Nigerians draw closer to electing their president in 2023, a strong and healthy profile, as well as track records, must be a front-burner discussion. Gone are the days of electing candidates with controversial identities, fraudulent biographies and people without verifiable certificates.  Featured Image Source: Idoma Voice
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This article was first published on 8th July 2022

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Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.


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