Why I accepted to be Peter Obi’s Running Mate – Datti Baba-Ahmed

Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed

Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed has revealed why he accepted to be the running mate of Peter Obi. Peter Obi is the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP) for the 2023 elections.

We earlier reported that Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed was all but selected as the Labour Party vice-presidential candidate. Further credence was lent to it when on Thursday Doyin Okupe withdrew as a placeholder vice-presidential candidate.

The official unveiling ceremony of Baba-Ahmed took place on Friday at Labour Party’s head office in Abuja.

Speaking when he was formally unveiled, Baba-Ahmed said he accepted to be Obi’s running mate because he “believes in Mr Obi’s capacity to make Nigeria live up to its billing”.

He added that he also trusts that Obi would not mismanage the nation’s wealth, adding that the outing of the Labour Party candidate as Anambra governor lends credence to that.

Doyin Okupe’s name was submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC as a placeholder to beat the submission deadline in June. But his withdrawal yesterday was to pave way for a substantial running mate of Northern extraction. And Baba-Ahmed becomes the man to replace him.

The Labour Party earlier entered into merger talks with the Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s New Nigeria Peoples Party, (NNPP). However, the talks collapsed due to the inability of the parties to agree on who would be the eventual flag bearer if the merger arrangements had scaled through.

Obi’s candidacy is receiving  massive acceptance across the country especially among the youths. His campaign has become a movement with various hashtags such as #Obidient and #TakeBackNaija.

The LP presidential running mate, Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed is a 46 year old academic, businessman and politician.

Why I accepted to be running mate to Peter Obi.

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