Biography of Sen. Ahmed Lawan

Date of Birth 1959
Offices Held
Yobe North Senator May 2007 till date
Senate President June 11, 2019 till date
Majority Leader 10 January 2016 – 06 June 2019 

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan is a Nigerian senator who represents the All Progress Congress in the Yobe North Constituency of Yobe State. He became a senator in 2007. He emerged the new Senate President of the 9th National Assembly with 79 votes cast to beat Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume with 28 votes in 2019.

Personal Life

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan was born in 1959.

He studied in the University of Maiduguri where he received a bachelor’s degree in geography and when on to study in remote sensing from Ahmadu Bello University for his master’s degree.

Political career

Lawan was elected to the House of Representatives for the northern state of Yobe in 1999, at different times he chaired the House Committees on education and agriculture.

Lawan was elected to the Senate in 2007. He was a member of the National Assembly’s Joint Committee on Constitution Review in 2008, went on in 2009 to become chairman of the Senate committee on Public Accounts, he initiated and sponsored the Desertification Control Commission Bill.

Senator Lawan spoke against the proposed Kafin Zaki Dam in August 2009, stating 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 also said that the dams caused intense poverty, migration, increased desert encroachment and conflicts between herdsmen and arable farmers.

Lawan ran for re-election in Yobe North Senatorial District on the ANPP platform in 9th April 2011 and won with 92,799 votes, trailed by Hassan Kafayos Hussaini of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with 76,960 votes.

Senate Presidency

Thursday June 6, 2019, after meeting with President Buhari, Senator Danjuma Goje stepped down for Senator Lawan from the Senate Presidency race; Senator Ahmed Lawan of APC was elected and sworn in as the Senate President of the Nigerian 9th Assembly On June 11, 2019 after defeating his opponent, Senator Ali Ndume who is also an APC Senator with 79 votes to 28,

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