Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan

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Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan
Senate President
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
Political partyAll Progressive Congress (APC)

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan is a Nigerian senator who 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]


Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan was born in 1959. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Maiduguri in 1984[3]. He holds 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]

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]

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,[10] after defeating his opponent, Senator Ali Ndume who is also an APC Senator.[11] Senator Ahmed Lawan defeated his opponent with 79 votes to 28[12][13]


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  2. ^ Enios, Akinkotu. "BREAKING: Lawan emerges Senate President". Punch. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  3. ^ "BBC Pidgin". BBC Pidgin. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  4. ^ Busari, Kemi (11 June 2019). "PROFILE: Crossing many hurdles, Ahmed Lawan, former lecturer, becomes Senate president". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Evaluating Sen Ahmed Lawan's Years in Nass". Daily Trust. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Senate – Questions Over Membership of Jccr". This Day. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
  7. ^ "Desertification Commission Will Check Encroachment". Daily Trust. 9 March 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
  8. ^ Sufuyan Ojeifo (3 August 2009). "A Senator's Worries Over Kafin-Zaki Dam". This Day. Retrieved 1 October 2009.
  9. ^ Mohammed Abubakar (13 April 2011). "ANPP wins NASS election in Yobe". Daily Independent. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  10. ^ Folorunso 'FSJ' Junior (11 June 2019). 3Monkeys Dubai. Sahara Reporters Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Breaking: Ahmed Lawan emerges as new Senate President". Oak TV Newstrack. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  12. ^ Press, Fellow (11 June 2019). "Breaking news: Lawan elected senate president". Fellow Press. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  13. ^ Lawan announced as Nigeria’s Senate President https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/334488-breaking-lawan-announced-as-nigerias-senate-president.html?amp_markup=1