Lawan scored 79 votes to become the Senate President of the 9th National Assembly with 79 votes.
The new Senate President was first elected into the House of Representatives in 1999 on the platform of the All Progressive Party, APP. He became a Senator in 2007.
Lawan was elected to the Senate in 2007. In 2008, he was a member of the National Assembly’s Joint Committee on Constitution Review.
Lawan was born in 1959. 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