Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan of the All Progressives Congress (APC), representing Yobe North has emerged President of Senate of the 9th Assembly.
Lawan defeated PDP Senator Ali Ndume representing Borno-South by 79 votes to 28.
The two lawmakers were the only two nominated by their colleagues on the floor of the chamber.
While accepting his nomination for the office of the Senate President during plenary session on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, he promised to work with all senators-elect if elected the Senate President.
“This is an opportunity for us to work together, to remain united as an institution to deliver interventions sustainable for growth of the society.
“If you elect me and I become the president of ninth Senate, I will work with all of you,” Lawan said.
Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan was born in 1959. He studied geography from the University of Maiduguri, and bagged a master’s degree in remote sensing from Ahmadu Bello University. He has 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, and at different times Lawan chaired the House Committees on education and agriculture.
He was firstb elected to the Senate in 2007, and by 2008, he became a member of the National Assembly’s Joint Committee on Constitution ReviBec.
In 2009, He became chairman of the Senate committee on Public Accounts, and initiated, sponsored the Desertification Control Commission Bill.
Lawan ran for reelection in Yobe North Senatorial District on the ANPP platform in the 9 April 2011 elections. He has since defected to the APC under whose umbrella he ran during the last general elections.