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Datti Baba-Ahmed Backs His Decision To Be Peter Obi’s Running Mate



The Labour Party vice presidential candidate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, has backed his decision to be the running mate to the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

Obi, on Friday officially unveiled Baba-Ahmed as his running mate in the 2023 presidential election.

Accepting the nomination, the former lawmaker stated that his decision was influenced by his passion to rescuing Nigeria.

He added that he also resonates with the principles of the former Anambra state governor and party stakeholders.

He expressed belief that the team will lead the country in the right direction.

He said, “My task here today is simple and it is to accept my nomination but just before I do that, I should give justifications as follows.

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“The undeniable and unchallengeable fundamental reason for being on this ticket is to rescue Nigeria.

“And it goes logically without saying that you can only rescue that which is in trouble and Nigeria is in trouble and I cannot afford not to be part of the movement to rescue Nigeria.

“The second reason is that I believe in the greatness of Nigeria. I believe there will be peace and prosperity, and I believe Nigeria people will unite.”

Speaking on Obi’s consideration, Baba-Ahmed said Obi’s integrity and achievements in the private sector were part of what also informed his decision to join the ticket.

“Having come from the education sector and background, when I hear a valuable thing I know it and I cannot let it pass. The comment from our presidential candidate that the fertile land in the north is the crude oil of Nigeria is one.

“How much more nationalist and detribalised can you (Obi) be? I see a brighter future for Nigeria from such a comment. He is someone of integrity and capacity.

“This is a high point in my life and career. Having said this and with all trust in Almighty Allah and my belief in Nigeria and with all humility, I accept the generous nomination to be the vice-presidential candidate of the Labour party for the 2023 general election.

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