The Presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi and his running mate, Dr Yusuf Baba-Ahmed have expressed sadness over the gruesome killing of Mr Daniel Yatai, 86, by gunmen.
Yatai, the father of Mr Philip Yatai, a Principal Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria was killed by gunmen around 11:15 p.
m. on Aug. 2, at his home in Manchok, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Obi and Baba-Ahmed in a telephone call with the eldest son of the deceased, Mr Patrick Yatai on Saturday, consoled the family and urged them to accept the sad incident as the will of God. Yatai, who made this known in an interview with NAN in Manchok, said that the Labour party presidential flag bearer urged the family to give thanks to God in all circumstances.
“They grieved with our family and encouraged us to stay strong and strengthen our belief that God is in control.
“Obi particularly said that God allowed our father to die for a reason.
“On his part, Baba-Ahmed pointed out that everyone has a time to die and encouraged us to accept our father’s demise as a call from God,” the son said.
He added that the labour party candidate and his running mate also asked the family to continue to pray for the country for things to get better.
He said that his father, who had been buried on Friday, was a retiree of the Nigeria Railway Corporation who had lived a fulfilled life.
“Our father was blessed with 13 children, 32 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
“He was a jovial fellow with a big heart full of love.
We will uphold his legacy and keep his memories alive,” Yatai said.
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 , on Friday in Enugu, they said the pair were compatible.
Mr Ibuchukwu Ezike, State Publicity Secretary of LP said that 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 to 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 Nigeria 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 of 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 Nigeria 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.
The Presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Friday presented Dr Yusuf Baba-Ahmed as his running mate for the 2023 General Elections.Obi made the announcement at a news conference with the theme “Journey to Nigeria’s Rebirth Begins Today” in Abuja .According to him, the party is able to find somebody who is eminently qualified to be the vice president of Nigeria to secure, unite and make Nigeria productive.He said it was the party’s intention to secure, unite and make Nigeria productive and this could not be done without having people with similar vision and idea prepared for the task ahead.“I have the honour to present to you somebody I can call a friend, a younger brother and God willing the next vice president of Nigeria in the name of Sen.Yusuf Baba-Ahmed .“He has been described as one of the brightest, youngest personalities in Nigeria who has distinguished himself in all areas.“He brings to this mission a great wealth of experience from the background on the private sector to public sector and a global knowledge that will help in a journey of turning around this country. “Today our country is facing so many challenges which I don’t want to mention because we are just here to introduce our Vice Presidential candidate.“I will not be doing a great service to country if I don’t mention some of them , we are today the poverty capital of the world.“We are today, hugely indepted; people are hungry and angry and all these are the cumulation of bad leadership. “Obi said the party would bring all Nigerians into a big tent where everybody would be involved in ending the primitive politics of ethnicity, religion and all sorts of things.He said that the party would have a team of people who would join in building the Nigeria they desired and hope in the country .” The two of us with the same background will be able to start this process.“Now that we have completed the cycle of nominations, we will soon in the next few days or more, be able to come out with policies and manifestos that would be anchored on the 17 SDG positions.“This is because we must rescue this country, ensure that this country is secured; this country is united and this country is productive.”Obi said the party would transform the vast lands in the north to oil, adding that land was the equivalent asset and it would be engaged agriculturally.He said the country would be transformed and it would be productive again, leveraging on the knowledge of the two candidates from the private sector .“It is not just going to be two of us, it is not our election but your election.“Those who tell you about structures, tell them your children, your family; you are the structures. “They cannot continue to scare us with those words.“We will take back our country and even convert them into the structures, their structures will be our structures, they will follow us.”The Vice Presidential candidate, Yusuf Baba-Ahmed expressed gratitude to the party for considering him as the vice presidential candidate .“My task is simple and it is to accept this nomination and this candidacy.“The undeniable, unchallengeable fundamental reason for being on this ticket is to rescue Nigeria, and it goes without saying that you can only rescue that which is in trouble; Nigeria is likened to that.“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; I believe Nigerian people will unite.”Baba-Ahmed said that he would use his educational background and experience to change the nation, adding that the fertile land in the North is the crude oil of the nation and Nigeria’s future would be great .“He who was motivated by success in the private sector and fought and became a governor for eight years and since then has maintained integrity and honour, is one that will not fail in campaign promises.“He who believes in financial propriety will not engage in political rascality; Peter Obi, he who believes in credibility and integrity in the matter of who to associate with will not mismanage personal, human and community relations,Peter Obi. “The Chairman of the Party, Julius Abure, said that the party proved to people that it could achieve any feat, adding the event was a clear message.Abure said that the party intentionally went into search for a competent candidate and found Baba-Ahmed worthy. . “Those who have held the country hostage should know that it is no longer business as usual .” The time for the people has come, a people’s movement has come, It is time for the people of Nigeria to be liberated from hunger, from poverty, from unemployment, from me security and bad governance.“The people have pointed where they want to be in 2023; I am very happy about the mood of the people, the time of the people has