The name of Peter Obi’s running mate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed might not ring a bell to a political novice, but to those familiar with the intrigues in Nigeria’s corridors of power and others who are students of history, he is not a newbie in politics. To examine the political value of Baba-Ahmed, here’s a compilation of his bio that highlights his areas of strength asides from being a perfect political balance to Obi’s presidential aspiration, being a northerner and Muslim.
1. He is a technocrat
Baba-Ahmed a technocrat also shares the same view of governance with Peter Obi wherein decision-makers are chosen for office based on their technicalcompetence.
2. Sterling academic feat
He is a seasoned economist and politician who bagged his BSc and MSc in Economics from the University of Maiduguri in Borno state. In 2006, he earned the title of Doctor of Philosophy when he completed his PhD studies at the University of Westminster. Baba-Ahmed was founder and Pro-Chancellor of Baze University, a private university located in Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria which opened in April 2011.
Before venture into politics after working at the Security Printing and Minting, Lagos.
3. A respected politician Baba-Ahmed was elected in April 2003 to the Federal House of Representatives for the Zaria Federal Constituency, Kaduna state under the platform of the defunct All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP). In the April 2011 elections, Baba-Ahmed garnered 366,398 votes in the contest for Senator for Kaduna North.