Datti Baba Ahmed Biography

Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed is a Nigerian economist and politician who was born on July 7, 1969. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007 and served as a senator for the state of Kaduna North from 2011 until 2012. He is a member of the Labour Party, and the party has nominated him to run as the party’s vice presidential candidate in the presidential election of 2023, which will be run with Peter Obi.

Baba-Ahmed is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri. He hails from Zaria and is a member of the renowned Baba-Ahmed family. After finishing his education, he entered the workforce and spent several years working in business and finance before entering politics. In 2003, Baba-Ahmed won the election to serve as a representative for Zaria in the House of Representatives. During his time in that role, he became well-known for his outspoken opposition to corruption as well as the Third Term Agenda. Baba-Ahmed continued his advocacy for good governance after he left politics in 2007, when he returned to his Baze business grouping and founded Baze University. In 2011, he made his comeback to politics and won the election to the position of senator for Kaduna North; however, his victory was later reversed by an electoral tribunal, and he resigned from office the following year. In 2022, Baba-Ahmed joined the Labour Party in order to become Peter Obi’s running mate. This decision came after Baba-failed Ahmed’s bid for the presidency in the PDP primary in 2019.


Early life and education

Yusuf Datti In the year 1969, Baba-Ahmed was welcomed into the world by his parents and siblings in Zaria. His father, Baba Ahmed, was an Arab cattle-trader from modern-day Mauritania who eventually became a prominent scholar and specialist on Islamic jurisprudence. He is one of his father’s thirty-three offspring, and he is one of the oldest.

Baba-Ahmed attended the University of Maiduguri in Borno State for both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Economics.

Before he entered politics, he was employed at a security printing and minting facility in Lagos.

After completing his doctoral coursework at the University of Westminster in 2006, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and became eligible for federal representation at the same time.



Political career 

In April of 2003, Baba-Ahmed won the election to represent the Zaria Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives. Kaduna State is his home state. He stood for office under the banner of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP).

Baba-Ahmed gained a lot of followers as a result of his conscientious activism. During the time when Olusegun Obasanjo was in office as president, he was one of the MPs who fought against allowing Obasanjo to compete for a third term in office. In May of 2006, he stated that he would not run for reelection if action was not made to investigate claims that members had been bribed to support the constitutional amendments that were required for a third term presidency. These modifications were necessary for a third term presidency. In 2007, he filed a lawsuit against the Independent National Electoral Commission due to the commission’s handling of previous elections. In 2011, Baba-Ahmed ran for and won the elections for the seat of Senator in Kaduna North under the banner of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), which was then led by President Muhammadu Buhari. However, the election was challenged in court by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which resulted in Ahmed’s controversial victory being overturned. In 2018, he made an unsuccessful bid to be the candidate for president on the ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). As a gubernatorial contestant for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries for the 2023 governorship elections in Kaduna State, he withdrew from the race in 2022, citing his reluctance to buy delegate votes as the reason for his withdrawal. These elections were scheduled to take place in 2023. On July 8, 2022, he was nominated to be the Labour Party’s candidate for Vice President in the 2023 general election in Nigeria. This election would take place in 2023.



Later career 

In September 2008, Baba-Ahmed gave a speech at an Islamic media summit in Abuja, Nigeria. During his speech, he urged journalists to provide fearless and factual stories. According to him, corruption is pervasive throughout the nation, and the only way to rectify the issue is with the fervent prayers and unwavering commitment of all relevant parties. Baba-Ahmed was recently promoted to the position of Managing Director of Baze Research and Data Services Ltd.

Baba-Ahmed was the university’s founder and Pro-Chancellor when it first opened its doors in April 2011 in Abuja, in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. Baze University is an independent institution of higher education. Using his time spent studying outside of Nigeria as a point of comparison, he claimed that the educational system in Nigeria was “appalling,” and that this motivated him to establish Baze University.