New Senate President: Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, full biography and profile

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan

Did you know Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan is the new Senate President of Nigeria. He was selected as winner on the 11th of June, 2019.

Owojela's Blog will provide you with the full biography and details of Nigeria's new Senate president of the 9th national assembly.

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan is a Nigerian senator known to represent the All Progressive Congress in the Yobe North Constituency of Yobe State. He became a  serving senator of the Federal republic of Nigeria in 2007, which signifies that he is a senator with experience.

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan was born in 1959. He received a bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Maiduguri, a master's degree in remote sensing from Ahmadu Bello University and a doctorate degree in remote sensing/GIS.from Cranfield University, United Kingdom.

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.

Lawan was elected to the Senate in 2007. In 2008, he was a member of the National Assembly's Joint Committee on Constitution Review.

 In 2009, as chairman of the Senate committee on Public Accounts, Lawan initiated and sponsored the Desertification Control Commission Bill.

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.

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.

Just recently, he was in a strong tussle between Senator Goje and Senator Ndume.
But the Chairman  of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje, had withdrawn from the Senate presidency race for Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan.

Goje who has shown interest to run for the exalted office of the Senate backed out following a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa on Thursday.

Goje said that he took the decision as a sign of respect for the president and to obey the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

"I want to say that as an elder statesman in the Senate for a long time.

At my age, I should be able to appreciate leadership coming from our elders. So in spite of all these calls, in spite all the support I have among my colleagues in the Senate, I have decided to in deference to the loyalty I have for his excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari and in deference to the loyalty I have for my party, the APC in the interest of our party and the development of this country, in other to assist Mr. President to deliver his promises, I have decided to respect his wish by not declaring to contest this senate presidency.

“Instead, I am supporting the party’s position thereby endorsing the candidature of Senator Ahmed Lawan,” he stated.

The elections and inauguration of the 9th national assembly held today Tuesday, the 11th of June 2019.
Ahmed Lawan won the seat of President of the ninth Senate with 79 votes to Ndume who garnered 28 votes.