Ahmed Zanna

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Ahmed Zanna
Senator for Borno Central
In office
May 2011 – 16 May 2015
Preceded by Kaka Mallam Yale
Succeeded by Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai
Personal details
Born (1955-01-05)5 January 1955
Borno State, Nigeria
Died 16 May 2015(2015-05-16) (aged 60)
Abuja, Nigeria
Political party All Progressives Congress (APC)

Khalifa Ahmed Zanna (5 January 1955 – 16 May 2015) was a Nigerian politician who was elected Senator for Borno Central, in Borno State, in the 9 April 2011 national elections at the age of 55. He was elected on the All Progressives Congress (Nigeria).[1]


Zanna was a successful businessman, and a member of the board of many federal establishments.[2] For example, in 2000 he was in the board of the National Electrical Power Authority (NEPA).[3] In 2007, Zanna was one of the organizers of the Democratic Women Forum, an organization that supported the political aspirations of former military ruler General Ibrahim Babangida.[4] He was also a member of the Power Sector Reform Committee.[5] He is described as an elder with a good track record in public service.[6]

Senate election[edit]

In the PDP primaries, Zanna defeated the former secretary to the state government, Dr Bukar Abba.[2] Zanna was thought to be politically naive compared to his opponent in the Senate race, the state Governor Ali Modu Sheriff.[6] However, Zanna easily defeated Sheriff, who was running on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform. Zanna won 189,232 against Sheriff's 120,377 votes, while Alhaji El-Nur Dongel of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) came third with 20,414 votes.[1]

Sheriff's defeat may have been due to dissatisfaction with his record during his eight-year tenure as governor. This period saw several religious riots in which many churches were destroyed, massive killings and destruction of property by the Boko Haram fundamentalist Islamist sect, and little or no compensation to the 40% of the state population who are Christian.[1] After the election, the ANPP and CPC called on Attahiru Jega, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to nullify the election. They claimed that results were marred by vote rigging, killing, intimidation, stuffing of ballot boxes and victimization of voters.[7]

Following his election, Zanna promised to support implementation of the Lake Chad replenishment project, which would bring water from a river in the Congo Republic to Lake Chad. The lake has been drying up, affecting the livelihood of 25 million farmers and fishermen in Nigeria and neighboring countries.[8] He died on 16 May 2015, aged 60.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Inusa Ndahi (12 April 2011). "Why Sheriff lost senatorial seat". National Mirror. Nigeria. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  2. ^ a b Bright Owusu (1 April 2011). "In Borno, Sheriff fights old foes for another stint in senate". Ghana MMA. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  3. ^ Martins Oloja and Abiodun Fagbemi (March 24, 2000). "Govt defends composition of NEPA board". Guardian. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  4. ^ "IBB MOVEMENT 2007". IBB MOVEMENT. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  5. ^ Abubakar Atiku Nuhu-Koko (9 September 2007). "National Energy Council (NEC): Oil and Gas and Power Reform Committees – A Return to the Drawing Board?". Gamji. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  6. ^ a b "How Sheriff crashed out of Senate race". The Nigerian Daily. April 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  7. ^ "CPC, ANPP demands cancellation of Borno Central senatorial election". Nigerian Compass. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  8. ^ "Borno senator-elect promises action on Lake Chad". Daily Triumph. April 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  9. ^ http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/05/borno-senator-ahmad-zanna-dies-at-60/