Biography of Yusuf Datti-Baba Ahmed, Peter Obi’s Labour Party Running Mate

Vice presidential candidate of the Labour party in the 2023 elections, Datti Baba-Ahmed believes social media support will translate into actual votes in the 2023 elections.

He expressed this belief while responding to questions on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday.

“Go and start looking at the bookings of major European airlines into Nigeria,” Baba-Ahmed said. “Not during Christmas time. After Christmas time. Late January to third week of February. You will see that they are getting full. Unusually. I’m into the business of data and statistics. And I decided to particularly look at that. This tells you that social media is going to vote. Even if they are in Antarctica, one person is there and he mobilises 100,000 people here to go out and vote. It has succeeded.

“We are not scared. The bank balance of any big politician is starting to be irrelevant. Those of us who sweated for the little that we have, we are spending it very wisely and carefully. Those of them who made it from government, who will just open the coffers and bring it out; they will continue to splash it and it will continue to mean less and less.”

Yusuf Datti Baba Ahmed biography, the profile of Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi’s running mate can be accessed below.

Yusuf Datti Baba Ahmed as Peter Obi’s running mate

Below is Yusuf Datti-Baba Ahmed profile:


Name: Yusuf Datti-Baba Ahmed
DOB: July 7, 1969
Nationality: Nigerian
State of Origin: Kaduna State
Schools attended: MBA from University of Wales, Cardiff and in 2006

Net Worth: No public information regarding the subject.


Yusuf Datti-Baba Ahmed Biography (Academic qualifications)


Baba-Ahmed has four degrees; a BSc and MSc in Economics from University of Maiduguri, a MBA from University of Wales, Cardiff and in 2006, he successfully completed his PhD studies, earning the title of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Westminster.


After his service year at University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun state, he worked as Projects Co-ordinator, Baze Research and Data Services Ltd. and as Officer II in the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, Lagos. He worked as a Banking Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Plc from July 1997 to Dec 1998 and then came back to become the Managing Director of Baze Research and Data Services Ltd in July 1999 – January 2003, before venturing into politics.

Baze University Hospital which is said to be the biggest private hospital in Africa is also reportedly owned by him.

Yusuf Datti-Baba Ahmed Biography (Base University)


Sen. Baba-Ahmed is currently the Pro-Chancellor of Baze University, Managing Director, Baze Research & Data Service Ltd and Chairman, Baze Construction Ltd.

His companies reportedly employ a total of over 1000 people including expatriates, and highly skilled professional Nigerians from the Diaspora.


In 2011, Sen. Baba-Ahmed established Baze University, an independent University located in Abuja, Nigeria. Using his studies abroad as a benchmark, he noted that the Nigerian educational system was “appalling”. This inspired the birth of Baze University, “to contribute towards fixing the system in order for Nigeria to realize its potentials and address various challenges”.

Yusuf Datti-Baba Ahmed Biography (Philanthropy)


Sen. Datti is a well accomplished philanthropist. Among many of his corporate social responsibility projects; he built and donated two junior secondary schools with a total capacity of 4,000 students. It is worthy of note that the schools have graduated over 6,000 students to date.


Since the search for a credible running mate is still on, Peter Obi’s supporters urged him to consider taking Yusuf Datti-Baba Ahmed, adding that he is a credible Nigerian with excellent political and educational track records.



Supporters of the former Anambra governor on social media have been pushing for the nomination of Baba-Ahmed as the vice-presidential candidate of the Labour Party. Although i is not clear if the former federal lawmaker is interested in the ticket at the moment.

He is expected to pick a northerner as his running mate before the campaigns begin ahead of the 2023 polls. One of such supporters wrote on Twitter: “Peter Obi should pick Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed and stop wasting time.


We have all it takes to make him more popular than Kwankaoso and Atiku in no time. No northerner will see or hear Dr. Datti Ahmed and prefer Atiku or Kwankwaso. Trust me.”


Olufemi Ajala wrote: “Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed is a perfect pick and thoroughbred economist, educationist et al.” Chijioke Elvis wrote: “Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed is a Nigerian economist and politician.


This is the man Peter Obi should be consulting and not Kwankwanso.” Onoriede Austin wrote: “Peter Obi give us Dr Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as your VP.”

Yusuf Datti Baba Ahmed Biography (Political journey)


Sen. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed is a 46-year-old Academician, Businessman, and Nigerian politician. He was a member of the House of Representatives between 2003 and 2007, and was elected Senator for Kaduna North, in Kaduna State, Nigeria in April 2011 running on the Congress for Progressive Change – CPC ticket, with a remarkable record of the credit of sponsoring important legislation in a very short time.

Yusuf Datti Baba Ahmed Romance With PD


Nigeriana reports that while Yusuf Datti-Baba Ahmed ran as a candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election primary in Kaduna State, he detour and withdrew from the race just hours before the party’s governorship primary was set to take place.


Yusuf Datti-Baba Ahmed is an economist and politician from Nigeria. In a letter of resignation to Hassan Hyet, the PDP’s Kaduna chapter chairman, he stated that the current primary process did not fit with his political goals.


“Credible first-hand reports have apparently proved that anticipated changes in our politics are yet hold and lessons yet unlearnt as evidenced in the ongoing primaries, needless to give specifics,” the letter reads.
“These are inconsistent with my purpose of being in politics.

“I consequently hereby respectfully withdraw from the 2023 governorship contest of Kaduna State under our great party, the PDP. I, however, remain loyal and supportive.


“I pray for the day we get our politics right for the sake of Nigeria.”
With Baba-Ahmed’s withdrawal from the race, six aspirants will slug it out at the primary scheduled to take place at the Ahmadu Bello stadium in Kaduna.


The remaining aspirants include Isa Ashiru, the party’s flag-bearer in 2019; Sani Sidi, a former director-general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA); Shehu Sani, a former senator; Mukhtar Yero, a former governor; Sani Abbas, a lawyer; and Haruna Saeed, a former accountant-general of the state.

Yusuf Datti Baba Ahmed Biography (Professional Working Experience)


After his service year at the University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun state, he worked as Projects Co-Ordinator, Baze Research and Data Services Ltd., and as Officer II in the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, Lagos. He worked as a Banking Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Plc from July 1997 to Dec 1998 and then came back to become the Managing Director of Baze Research and Data Services Ltd in July 1999 – January 2003, before venturing into politics.


In 2015, Sen. Yusuf Baba-Ahmed was appointed as Chairman, the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Hope Alive Foundation – which campaigns for the post-service economic survival of corps members who suffered permanent disability during service.


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