Senator of Adamawa Central
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Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed, popularly named Binani, won the senatorial seat of Adamawa Central in Nigeria’s general elections of 23 February 2019. The 47-year-old politician and business woman is the only female senator from the North to be elected to the upper chamber of parliament. Her election came as a surprise as she ran for the governing All Progressive Congress (APC) Party in the stronghold of President Buhari’s main rival Atiku Abubakar, who won the state in the presidential elections. Binani is the owner of various companies such as Binani Nigeria Ltd., Binwa Press Limited, Triangular Communications Ltd., Golden Crescent Nigeria Ltd., Infinity Telecoms Ltd. and Quest Ventures. According to a report published by Sahara Reporters, she was accused of being involved in a corruption scandal, together with her husband Modibbo Mohammed, the former executive secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), who allegedly embezzled over 50 billion nairas from primary and junior secondary schools. Binani is not a newcomer to the Nigerian political landscape. She was previously a member of the 7th National Assembly where she represented Yola North, Yola South and Girei Federal Constituency of Adamawa State from 2011 to 2015. In a video posted on YouTube, Binani highlights some of her social-economic activities to help develop local health care services, ICT facilities for schools, measures for local farmers and the strategies to fight against crime. In her Twitter profile, she describes herself as follows: “Senator-Elect, Adamawa Central. Wife. Mother. Entrepreneur. Dream chaser. Politician. Advocate of good governance.”