Enugu, July 8, 2022
Some political analysts in Enugu State have expressed optimism over the choice of Dr Yusuf Baba-Ahmed as running mate to presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi for the 2023 elections.
In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday in Enugu, they said the pair were compatible.
Mr. Ibuchukwu Ezike, State Publicity Secretary of LP said that the Obi/Ahmed ticket was the best thing to happen in Nigeria’s political history.
“Though, I do not know him on a personal ground, but from his political history, I believe he is the man to beat. He is a clean politician, he does not have any questionable record.
“Just like Obi, he withdrew from the primaries of his former party because of lack of due diligence.
“So, he is a stickler for the law and due process and that is what Nigeria needs now,” he said.
Ezike described Baba-Ahmed as a man of character, a man of due process and rule of law.
“This is the kind of character that will lead Nigeria and take us to the next level.
“Already the two of them have semblance of ideas, they believe in due process, they believe in the rule of law and the rights of Nigerian people,” he said.
In the same vein, a publisher and veteran journalist, Mr. Aniebo Nwamu said the vice presidential candidate was a principled economist.
“I used to read his articles while I was an Editor in Leadership Newspaper and I found him to be a very intelligent economist.
“He is a competent hand, and he will complement Obi’s efforts and the two will surely deliver Nigeria,” he said.
Also speaking, a student at the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus, Mr. Alagboso Aneke said that the age of Ahmed (46), had buttressed the clamour of Nigerian youths to have a say in the governance of the country.
“They belong to the younger generation. Obi is around 60 while Ahmed is 46, it is a good complement.
“The two are very strong characters and with them, we the youths, can look up to them for a better tomorrow,” he said.
Mr. Ambrose Eze, a businessman and banker also said that the pairing of Obi and Ahmed may mark the beginning of a new era in Nigerian politics.
“It is a good combination and I pray that they win the poll, so that there will be a paradigm shift in our leadership,” he said.
NAN reports that the Labour Party on Friday unveiled Baba-Ahmed as its vice presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections following the withdrawal of Dr Doyin Okupe who had stood in.