- Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed, the founder of Baze University, Abuja, has been named as the Labour Party's substantive vice-presidential candidate
- The party's presidential candidate, Peter Obi, unveiled Baba-Ahmed at an event in Abuja on Friday, July 8
- Baba-Ahmed was made the Labour Party's substantive vice-presidential candidate following Doyin Okupe's withdrawal
FCT, Abuja - The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has unveiled his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed.
Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed, the founder of Baze University, Abuja, was announced the LP vice-presidential candidate in Abuja on Friday, July 8, The Punch reported.
The 46-year-old was a former lawmaker who represented Kaduna North senatorial district.
Baba-Ahmed’s announcement was coming barely 24 hours after the Director-General, Peter Obi Campaign Organisation, Doyin Okupe, announced his withdrawal as the vice-presidential candidate of the party.
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Okupe who announced his withdrawal via his verified Twitter handle @doyinokupe noted that his party would announce the new running mate to the presidential candidate.
“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.
Like the ruling All Progressives Congress, the Labour party had named Okupe as the interim vice presidential candidate of the LP in order to beat the deadline by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Dati Baba-Ahmed speaks on becoming Peter Obi's running mate, gives key reasons
Meanwhile, Baba-Ahmed has highlighted why he accepted to serve as the party's vice-presidential candidate.
He said he decided to team up with the former governor of Anambra state because he believes in Obi's capacity to make Nigeria live up to its billing.
Speaking at the formal unveiling of the vice-presidential candidate in Abuja on Friday, July 8, Baba-Ahmed said he has trust in Obi. He added that he is sure the Labour Party presidential candidate would not mismanage Nigeria's wealth as he has shown his management capability during his tenure as governor of Anambra state.