The founder of Baze University in Abuja, Datti Baba-Ahmed, has revealed the reason he agreed to be the running mate of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.
Speaking on Trust TV’s Daily Politics on Monday, Baba-Ahmed said he agreed to be Obi’s running mate because of his integrity and principle on financial management.
The LP vice presidential candidate added that he investigated the former Anambra State Governor over allegations that he is in support of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its activities.
Baba-Ahmed revealed that his investigation showed that Obi was not linked with the outlawed group and its activities in the South East.
The LP vice presidential candidate added that he would not have joined the former governor if the allegations are true and confirmed.
He said: “I sharply disagree that Peter Obi is in support of IPOB because I wouldn’t be with him today (if he is).
“It’s the same kind of interview they did for me when I said I want to be addressed for the 2023 election as a Nigerian. There is nothing that people cannot say. Just this morning, I had to do a press conference to the multiplicity of fake news all around … those allegations are yet unsubstantiated.”
“For example, they said Northerners were treated unfairly by being made to wear ID cards before I decided to join Peter Obi’s ticket. Within weeks I did all the investigations I could.
“Mobile phones were already carrying cameras, I asked for and even offered some compensation ‘can I see just one picture of anybody who stood and said that while Peter Obi was governor in Anambra State, he made me to wear this?’ and there was none.
“And I should sit down and believe reckless people who just talk anyhow because you’ve come out in politics when I know the kind of politics that we play.”