Brief Profile on Ahmed Lawan, Nigeria’s New Senate President

Senator Ahmed Lawan was earlier today elected the Senate President of the 9th Senate, after he defeated his contestant, Senator Ali Ndume.

At the end of counting, Lawan polled 79 votes to defeat Ndume, who scored 28 votes.

Lawan, who represents Yobe North Senatorial District, won the contest by a landslide as he got 73.83 percent of the vote cast by the lawmakers.

Here are some things to know about the astute lawmaker

  1. He was born in 1959.
  2. He completed his primary education at Sabon Gari Primary School, Gashua in 1974 and then enrolled at Government Secondary School, Gashua where he obtained his O’Level in 1979.
  3. He proceeded to the University of Maiduguri where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Geography in 1984.
  4. He later enrolled and had his Master’s degree in Remote Sensing from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a Doctorate degree in Remote Sensing/GIS from Cranfield University, UK, in 1990 and 1996 respectively.
  5. He worked in the Yobe state civil service, as an Education Officer in the Ministry of Education between 1985 and 1986.
  6. He was employed as Assistant Lecturer 1 in 1986 at the University of Maiduguri where he lectured for 10 years from 1987 to 1997.
  7. He started his lawmaking career at the House of Representatives in 1999 when he won election to represent Bade/Jakusko Federal Constituency of Yobe State. The lawmaker was elected under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APP), a party he pioneered as Vice Chairman of Yobe State Chapter. He remained a member until his re-election in 2003.
  8. Elected still on the platform of same party in 2003, Mr Lawan was made the chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture in same year and held the position till 2005.
  9. He was appointed to head the Education Committee in 2005 and held this position till the expiration of the 5th House of Reps.
  10. In 2009, as chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, he initiated and sponsored the Desertification Control Commission Bill.
  11. Still on the platform of ANPP in 2011, Mr Lawan ran successfully for a second term as Senator and was re-elected. His party later merged with others to form the now ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014.
  12. Mr. Lawan successfully ran again for the Yobe North Senatorial seat under APC during the 2015 general elections and won.

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