Datti Baba-Ahmed, a former lawmaker,who represented the Zaria Federal Constituency at the National Assembly and former Senator, representing Kaduna North, was a few hours ago named the running mate to Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Obi chose the 46 years old lawmaker as his running mate following long deliberations among party stalwarts and rumours of a merger between the NNPP and LP.
Here are some relevant facts to know about Obi’s running mate;
1 – Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed was born to the Baba-Ahmed family in Zaria, Kaduna State, in 1975/1976.
2 – He is among the thirty-three children of his father, Baba Ahmed, who was an Arab cattle-trader from modern-day Mauritania, who later became a notable professor and expert on Islamic jurisprudence.
3 – He has a BSc and MSc in Economics from the University of Maiduguri in Borno State.
4 – Obi’s running mate was once an employee of the Security Printing and Minting Corporation, Lagos before venturing into politics.
5 – Baba-Ahmed was elected as a House of Representatives member for Zaria Federal Constituency on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party in 2003.
6 – While in the position, he became known for speaking out against corruption and the Third Term Agenda of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
7 – 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.
8 – He is the founder and Pro-Chancellor of Baze University, located in Abuja. The institution commenced operation in April 2011.
9 – Baba-Ahmed won the Kaduna North Senatorial seat in on the platform of the Congress For Progressive Change,CPC in 2011.
10 – While in the National Assembly,he was well known for moving motions and bills, that met accelerated consideration and speedy passages.