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August, 19

Peter Obi Announces Datti Baba-Ahmed As Running Mate

Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed has been unveiled as Labour Party’s Peter Obi’s presidential running mate for the 2023 election.

The LP vice-presidential candidate, Baba-Ahmed, the founder of Baze University in Abuja, was announced on Friday.

The 46-year-old was a former politician who served as the senatorial representative for Kaduna North.

Baba-declaration Ahmed’s came just 24 hours after Doyin Okupe, the Director-General of the Peter Obi Campaign Organization, announced his resignation as the party’s vice-presidential candidate.

Okupe said that his party would reveal the replacement running mate for the presidential candidate after announcing his withdrawal via his verified Twitter handle @doyinokupe.

“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,” Okupe tweeted.

To meet the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Labour Party announced Okupe as the LP’s interim vice-presidential candidate, just like the ruling All Progressives Congress did.

The unveiling, according to Obi, signifies the party and his resolve in the path to “take back Nigeria,” and he apologized for the event’s postponement from Thursday to Friday.

“It is good to be here today after weeks and months that we have gone round, consulted and searched around and looked for somebody who fits the bill of what we are trying to do.

“Today, I am proud to say I have been able to meet and secure somebody who is eminently qualified and fits the bill to be the Vice President of Nigeria.

“I know people will say you are not there yet, but I can tell you, I know where we are going,” Obi said.

Continuing, he said, “This is our right to secure, unite, and make Nigeria productive. And you can’t do that without having people who have similar visions, ideas and are prepared for the task. So, I have the honour today to present to you, God willing, Nigeria’s next Vice President in the person of Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed.

On Wednesday, Obi revealed his preference for a running companion, stating that he would prefer a younger individual.

This was said by the former governor of Anambra State during an appearance on the Arise TV Morning Show.

In contrast to recycling seasoned veterans from previous administrations, he continued, he favours a younger candidate who can add value to his platform.

He said, “We’re talking to a quiet number of people and Baba-Ahmed is a capable hand, and I wish he is the one. But I wish I can work with somebody who is younger.

“I prefer younger people with fresh ideas who have a lot to offer rather than recycling old hands. I want a competent person and I am building a formidable team.

READ MORE: Over 165,000 Unclaimed Pvcs In Kwara – INEC

“I want people who can look me in the eye and disagree with me during cabinet meetings. People who have their own minds and ideas. If you agree with me in three meetings, then you are gone because that means you don’t have your own ideas. I want people and cabinet members who can say ‘Mr. President, you are wrong’.”

The biggest opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, was abandoned by Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, on May 27, 2022. He claimed that the Labour Party was the best venue for his aspirations.

According to him, he had chosen a route that he considered to be in line with “our aspirations and my mantra of taking the country from consumption to production.”

Obi said, “I thank all Nigerians, especially our youths, who have joined me in the mission of taking back and reuniting Nigeria. This project is yours and for the future of your children. I am just a facilitator.

“Since I resigned from the PDP because of issues that are at variance with my persona and principles, I have consulted widely with various parties and personalities to ensure we do not complicate the route to our desired destination.

“For me, the process of achieving our goal is as fundamental as what one will do thereafter.

“Therefore, I have chosen a route that I consider to be in line with our aspirations and my mantra of taking the country from consumption to production; and that is the Labour Party, which is synonymous with the people, workers, development, production, securing and uniting Nigerians as one family.

“I invite all Nigerians to join me in taking back our country. Be assured that I’ll never let you down.”

In a letter to the PDP National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, written 48 hours before he joined LP, Obi claimed that recent events within the PDP had rendered it impossible for him to continue running for president under the party’s platform.

“It has been a great honour to contribute to nation-building efforts through our party. Unfortunately, recent developments within our party make it practically impossible to continue participating and making such constructive contributions,” the letter read in part.

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Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed has been unveiled as Labour Party’s Peter Obi’s presidential running mate for the 2023 election.

The LP vice-presidential candidate, Baba-Ahmed, the founder of Baze University in Abuja, was announced on Friday.

The 46-year-old was a former politician who served as the senatorial representative for Kaduna North.

Baba-declaration Ahmed’s came just 24 hours after Doyin Okupe, the Director-General of the Peter Obi Campaign Organization, announced his resignation as the party’s vice-presidential candidate.

Okupe said that his party would reveal the replacement running mate for the presidential candidate after announcing his withdrawal via his verified Twitter handle @doyinokupe.

“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,” Okupe tweeted.

To meet the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Labour Party announced Okupe as the LP’s interim vice-presidential candidate, just like the ruling All Progressives Congress did.

The unveiling, according to Obi, signifies the party and his resolve in the path to “take back Nigeria,” and he apologized for the event’s postponement from Thursday to Friday.

“It is good to be here today after weeks and months that we have gone round, consulted and searched around and looked for somebody who fits the bill of what we are trying to do.

“Today, I am proud to say I have been able to meet and secure somebody who is eminently qualified and fits the bill to be the Vice President of Nigeria.

“I know people will say you are not there yet, but I can tell you, I know where we are going,” Obi said.

Continuing, he said, “This is our right to secure, unite, and make Nigeria productive. And you can’t do that without having people who have similar visions, ideas and are prepared for the task. So, I have the honour today to present to you, God willing, Nigeria’s next Vice President in the person of Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed.

On Wednesday, Obi revealed his preference for a running companion, stating that he would prefer a younger individual.

This was said by the former governor of Anambra State during an appearance on the Arise TV Morning Show.

In contrast to recycling seasoned veterans from previous administrations, he continued, he favours a younger candidate who can add value to his platform.

He said, “We’re talking to a quiet number of people and Baba-Ahmed is a capable hand, and I wish he is the one. But I wish I can work with somebody who is younger.

“I prefer younger people with fresh ideas who have a lot to offer rather than recycling old hands. I want a competent person and I am building a formidable team.

READ MORE: Over 165,000 Unclaimed Pvcs In Kwara – INEC

“I want people who can look me in the eye and disagree with me during cabinet meetings. People who have their own minds and ideas. If you agree with me in three meetings, then you are gone because that means you don’t have your own ideas. I want people and cabinet members who can say ‘Mr. President, you are wrong’.”

The biggest opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, was abandoned by Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, on May 27, 2022. He claimed that the Labour Party was the best venue for his aspirations.

According to him, he had chosen a route that he considered to be in line with “our aspirations and my mantra of taking the country from consumption to production.”

Obi said, “I thank all Nigerians, especially our youths, who have joined me in the mission of taking back and reuniting Nigeria. This project is yours and for the future of your children. I am just a facilitator.

“Since I resigned from the PDP because of issues that are at variance with my persona and principles, I have consulted widely with various parties and personalities to ensure we do not complicate the route to our desired destination.

“For me, the process of achieving our goal is as fundamental as what one will do thereafter.

“Therefore, I have chosen a route that I consider to be in line with our aspirations and my mantra of taking the country from consumption to production; and that is the Labour Party, which is synonymous with the people, workers, development, production, securing and uniting Nigerians as one family.

“I invite all Nigerians to join me in taking back our country. Be assured that I’ll never let you down.”

In a letter to the PDP National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, written 48 hours before he joined LP, Obi claimed that recent events within the PDP had rendered it impossible for him to continue running for president under the party’s platform.

“It has been a great honour to contribute to nation-building efforts through our party. Unfortunately, recent developments within our party make it practically impossible to continue participating and making such constructive contributions,” the letter read in part.

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