The die is finally being cast and the dust seems to be settling on who the All Progressives Congress is fielding as its preferred candidate. Just yesterday the All Progressives Congress National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lanre Isa-Onilu during a press conference declared that the APC had decided on the candidature of Ahmed Lawan for Senate Presidency
He said, “We have decided who will be the next Senate President according to what democratic principles allow and that person is Senator Ahmed Lawan.
So going by the above, it is safe to assume that the Ahmed Lawan will likely become the Senate President given the Peoples Democratic Party does not initiate a surprise that will throw the whole arrangement into jeopardy.
Here are things however to know about the man Ahmed Lawan who is likely to become the next Senate President all things being equal:
Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan is presently an All Progressive Congress Senator representing Yobe North Constituency of Yobe State. He became a senator in 2007.
A Brief About His Background
Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan was born in 1959. He attended University of Maiduguri where he received his bachelor’s degree in geography and a master’s degree in remote sensing from Ahmadu Bello Univeristy and then a doctorate degree in remote sensing/GIS from Cranefield 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.
Again in 2007, Lawan was elected to the Senate. 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 said the dams caused intense poverty, increased desert encroachment, migration and conflicts between arable farmers and herdsmen.
Lawan again 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.
Why APC Chose Him…
From all of the gamut of Senators elected and re-elected into the red chamber, why the choice of Senator Ahmed Lawan for the exalted position of Senate President one might ask.
The All Progressives Congress had said it settled for Ahmed Lawan for Senate President after making wide consultations among the leaders of the party as well as President Muhammadu Buhari and also considering the options available.
The party also said it was not ready to share power with the PDP in the National Assembly especially not after its experience in the hands of Saraki at the out going Senate.
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