The race for the Senate Presidency of the 9th Senate, to be inaugurated in June, 2019, has already started, as President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, settle for Senator Ahmad Lawan, representing Yobe North Senatorial District.
Recall, that the APC has secured 60 of the 95 seats announced so far, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC; with the winners of the 14 remaining seats, still being awaited.
He is believed to have been favoured for the position by Buhari and Tinubu.
Lawan was re-elected by his Constituents, on Saturday, and is one of the ranking APC Senators.
Lawan has been a member of the National Assembly, since the return of democracy, in 1999, together with David Mark and Nicholas Mutu.
He was first elected a Member of the House of Representatives, where he chaired the Committees on Education and Agriculture, at different times. After eight years in the Lower Legislative Chamber, Lawan took a shot at the Senate, in 2007, and was elected to represent Yobe North District, a position he has held ever since.
He is unarguably one of the most experienced APC Lawmakers returning to the 9th Senate, having been at the two Chambers
The 60-year-old is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, where he read Geography. He also has a post-graduate Diploma in Land Survey, a MSc and PhD in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System, all from the University of Cranfield, United Kingdom.
At a recent meeting of some APC Leaders, in Ibadan, Oyo State, Bola Tinubu spoke glowingly of Lawan. He defended the party’s choice of him as Senate President, in 2015, praising his continued loyalty to the party.
“Senator Lawan … you are a great example of a very consistent and intellectually resourceful Leader, that we have in this country”, he said.
“We saw in him these Leadership traits, and the qualities we wanted in the Senate President. We know you are qualified and competent to be that you would have led the most important arm of our government more effectively, but the political prostitutes and their robbers and their collaborators denied you of it, because of selfishness and selfish aggrandisement.
“But instead of fleeing, you remained constant and consistent, seeing this institution as a place for truly Lawmaking, that we the people and you, have remained consistent and constant ever since, on a progressive stand. Thank you.”