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Ahmed Lawan

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Ahmed Lawan
Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan.jpg
President of the Nigerian Senate
Assumed office
11 June 2019
Preceded byAbubakar Bukola Saraki
Senate Majority Leader
In office
10 January 2016 – 06 June 2019
Preceded byMohammed Ali Ndume
Senator for Yobe North
Assumed office
May 2007
Preceded byUsman Albishir
Personal details
Born
Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan

(1959-01-12) 12 January 1959 (age 61)
Political partyAll Progressive Congress (APC)
ProfessionPolitician

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan (born 12 January 1959), is a Nigerian senator who serves as the President of the Senate of Nigeria. He represents the All Progressive Congress in the Yobe North Constituency of Yobe State. He became a senator in 2007.[1] In 2019, he emerged the new Senate President of the 9th National Assembly with 79 votes cast to beat Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume with 28 votes.[2]

Background[edit source | edit]

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan born (1959) was a lecturer with a Nigeria federal university of Maiduguri, Borno North-Eastern state and a politician and senator now the president of the Nigerian senate. He holds a bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Maiduguri in 1984.[3] a master's degree in Remote Sensing from the Ahmadu Bello University and a Doctorate degree in Remote Sensing/GIS from Cranfield University, UK, in 1990 and 1996 respectively.[4]

Political career[edit source | edit]

Elected to the House of Representatives for the northern state of Yobe in 1999, at different times Lawan chaired the House Committees on education and agriculture.[5]

Lawan was elected to the Senate in 2007. In 2008, he was a member of the National Assembly's Joint Committee on Constitution Review.[6] In 2009, as chairman of the Senate committee on Public Accounts, Lawan initiated and sponsored the Desertification Control Commission Bill.[7]

In August 2009, Senator Lawan spoke against the proposed Kafin Zaki Dam. He stated that the Tiga Dam and Challawa Gorge Dam had already reduced water flow drastically, and the Jama'are River was now the main source of water in the Yobe River. He said the dams caused intense poverty, increased desert encroachment, migration and conflicts between arable farmers and herdsmen.[8]

Lawan ran for reelection in Yobe North Senatorial District on the ANPP platform in the 9 April 2011 elections. He won with 92,799 votes, trailed by Hassan Kafayos Hussaini of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) with 76,960 votes.[9]

Senate Presidency[edit source | edit]

2015 contest[edit source | edit]

In 2015 Lawan ran for the senate president after APC zoned the position to the north eastern Nigeria based on the party's power sharing formula among the six geo-political zones at the time. The zoning meant that only senators elected on the platform of the party (APC) from the six states in the north east could run for senate president.[10][11] After consultations with critical political stakeholders and senators elect from the north east, Lawan was endorsed and presented to the national leadership of the party who anointed him as the candidate of the party for senate president.[12][13] The APC zoning arrangement prevents other senators elect who are form other zones from contesting for the seat. But senator Bukola Saraki from Kwara State, north central disagreed with the party's arrangement saying all qualified candidates should be allowed to exercise their constitutional rights to run for positions of leadership of the Nigerian Senate. Saraki declared his candidacy against the party,s zoning principle.

On the morning of June 9, 2015 the day for the election of the senate president 51 senators of the APC gathered at the International Conference Centre waiting for a truce meeting reportedly called by the leadership of the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari with a clear objective to prevail on senator Saraki to drop his ambition and support Lawan when 57 senators mostly of the opposition PDP and a few senators of APC present conducted the election.[14] Saraki won the election by 57 unanimous votes[15] of the senators present during the election.[16][17][18] Lawal was at the International Conference Centre when the election was conducted and a winner emerged. That event finally nailed his ambition for the president of the 8th senate.

2019[edit source | edit]

After meeting with the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, June 6, 2019, Senator Danjuma Goje stepped down for Senator Lawan from the Senate Presidency race. On June 11, 2019, Senator Ahmed Lawan of APC was elected and sworn in as the Senate President of the Nigerian 9th Assembly,[19] after defeating his opponent, Senator Ali Ndume who is also an APC Senator.[20] Senator Ahmed Lawan defeated his opponent with 79 votes to 28[21][22]

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