Senator Ahmed Lawan, representing Yobe South in the Senate, has emerged as the Senate President for the 9th National Assembly.
He defeated Senator Ali Ndume, representing Borno North in the Senate by 79 votes. Ndume scored 28 votes to come second. The number of senators who participated in the election were 107.
Senator 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, UK
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.
Senator Lawan and Senator Ndume are both from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Hitherto Senator Danjuma Go me had withdrawn owing to pressure from the APC to give room for the emergence of Senator Lawan.