Buhari’s choice, Lawan, emerges Senate President

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At last, the choice of President Muhammadu Buhari, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, a senator representing the All Progressive Congress in the Yobe North Constituency of Yobe State has emerged as Nigeria’s new Senate President.

Lawan was born in 1959 and became a senator in 2007. 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.

He was 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. 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. 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 lamented that the dams caused intense poverty, increased desert encroachment, migration and conflicts between arable farmers and herdsmen.

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Lawan ran for re-election 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.

After meeting with President Buhari on Thursday, June 6, 2019, Senator Danjuma Goje stepped down for Senator Lawan from the Senate Presidency race.

The way may have been paved for a seamless relationship between the legislature and the executive.

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