After many weeks of merger talks between the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi and the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) Rabiu Kwankwaso, the former finally unveiled Datti Baba-Ahmed as his running mate.
Obi chose the 46-year-old former lawmaker as his running mate following long deliberations among party stalwarts and it was announced on the official Twitter page of LP.
Below are some things you should know about Datti Baba-Ahmed.
Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed was born to the Baba-Ahmed family in Zaria, Kaduna State, in 1975/1976
He is among the thirty-three children of his father, Baba Ahmed, who was an Arab cattle-trader from modern-day Mauritania and later became a notable professor and expert on Islamic jurisprudence.
He has a BSc and MSc in Economics from the University of Maiduguri in Borno State.
The politician got a doctor of Philosophy at the University of Westminster.
Baba-Ahmed is the founder and Pro-Chancellor of Baze University in Abuja.
Obi’s running mate was once an employee of the security Printing and Minting, Lagos, before venturing into politics.
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.
While in the position, he became known for speaking out against corruption and the Third Term Agenda of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
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.
Baba-Ahmed won the Kaduna North Senatorial seat in April 2011, and he occupied the seat from 2011 to 2012.
This article was originally published on Naija News