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Goodluck Jonathan
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Goodluck Jonathan - PDP Presidential Election candidate

Goodluck Jonathan - PDP Presidential Election candidate
Party (PDP) Peoples Democratic Party


Goodluck Jonathan was born in Otuoke, a part of what is now Bayelsa State, to a family of canoe makers. He is a Christian, and he comes from the Ijaw ethnic group. Young Jonathan began his primary education at St Stephen's Primary School (now State School, Otuoke) and later moved to St Michael's Primary School, Oloibiri, where he completed his elementary education in 1969, at the age of 12. In 1973, while in form three, he was appointed class prefect and Secretary of the Food Committee, an administrative body of hostel masters and senior students. He occupied that position up to form five. As the prime prefect of Masterson House, he became Chairman, Committee of Prefects.
In 1975, he obtained his West African School Certificate from the famous Mater Dei High School, Imiringi. Afterward, Goodluck Jonathan worked as a Preventive Officer with the Department of Customs and Excise. In 1977, he secured admission into the Department of Zoology, a pioneer student of the newly established University of Port Harcourt. He bagged a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981, graduating with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division). He then went on to obtain an M.Sc. in Hydro-Biology and Fisheries Biology in 1985. In 1995, he earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Port Harcourt.
At the end of the NYSC programme in 1982, he took up appointment as a classroom teacher in the Rivers State Civil Service Commission where he rose to Science Inspector of Education in the Ministry of Education.
Jonathan and his wife Patience have two children. He ventured into politics in 1998.

Past Records

  • As a corps member, Goodluck served as a classroom teacher at Iresi, a community in Oyo State, now in Osun State.
  • In 1982, he took up appointment as a classroom teacher in the Rivers State Civil Service Commission where he rose to Science Inspector of Education in the Ministry of Education.
  • In November 1983, he left the mainstream civil service for the Rivers State College of Education, Port Harcourt, to be a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences until 1993.
  • With the creation of the Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission, OMPADEC, in October 1992, Dr Jonathan was appointed Assistant Director, Ecology, in March 1993 in the Directorate of Environmental Protection and Pollution Control.
  • He contested as the running mate to the party's gubernatorial flag-bearer, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha. The duo emerged triumphant at the polls in the 1999 governorship election. They were sworn in on May 29, 1999.
  • On 9 December 2005, Jonathan, who was Deputy Governor at the time, was sworn in as Governor of Bayelsa State upon the impeachment of the current Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha by the Bayelsa State Assembly after being charged with money laundering in the United Kingdom.
  • In September 2006, Jonathan was marred by the indictment of his wife by the nation's anti-crime agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for crimes related to money laundering.
  • In 2007 he was selected to be the vice presidential running mate of the PDP's presidential candidate, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua. He and Yar'Adua were elected in April and inaugurated on May 29, 2007
  • As Vice-President, Jonathan was instrumental in negotiating an agreement with many of the major militant groups in the Niger Delta, who were mostly his fellow Ijaws, to lay down their weapons and stop fighting as part of a government amnesty.
  • On 9 February 2010, a motion from the Nigerian Senate confirmed the powers to Goodluck Johnathan to act as President of the federation because President Yar'Adua went for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia in November 2009.
  • On 10 February 2010, during his first day as acting president, Jonathan announced a minor cabinet reshuffle.
  • On 2 August 2010 Jonathan launched his 'Roadmap for Power Sector Reform‘.[17] Its primary goal was to achieve stable electricity in Nigeria.
  • On 11 October 2011, President Jonathan launched the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YOUWIN) Initiative which he stated was an innovative business plan competition that harnesses the creative energies of young people between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • In 2011, President Jonathan launched the Transformation Agenda. The Transformation Agenda is based on a summary of how the Federal Government hopes to deliver projects, programmes, and key priority policies, from 2011 to 2015 coordinated by the National Planning Commission (NPC).
  • On 11 September 2013, President Jonathan sacked the creator and coordinator of the Transformation Agenda, Shamsudeen Usman, the Minister of National Planning. He was sacked along with eight other cabinet ministers amid a rift in the People's Democratic Party (PDP).
  • In 2011 Goodluck Jonathan's government facilitated the transfer of payment of $1.1bn to a fake company set up by a controversial former Petroleum Minister under Sani Abacha's corrupt regime, Dan Etete.[1]


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News on Goodluck Jonathan

Coalition Knocks Obasanjo, GEJ Over Inciting Comments - Leadership Newspaper

Goodluck Jonathan gets another international appointment - Legit.ng

June 12: Buhari Trying To Reap Where He Didn't Sow, Says Reno Omokri - SaharaReporters.com

Goodluck Jonathan sends message to Abdusalami Abubakar - Daily Post Nigeria

Why Atiku is right to challenge Buhari's reelection in court — Jonathan - Premium Times

BREAKING: Court Acquits Goodluck Jonathan's Brother Of $40m Fraud - SaharaReporters.com

Goodluck Jonathan gets new appointment - P.M. News

25,794 Nigerians killed in violent crises in Buhari’s first term —Report - The Punch

FLASHBACK: Goodluck Jonathan attended OIC summit in Cairo in 2013 - Legit.ng

Alaibe in another tough race to Bayelsa Creek Haven - The Punch

Jonathan’s kinsman, Agadaga, Senator Paulker join Bayelsa gov race - The Punch

Goodluck Jonathan wishes Muslims happy Sallah celebrations - Legit.ng

Rivers guber: Why Wike won governorship election - Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

Gov. Dickson speaks on fight with Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

Bayelsa Guber: Goodluck Jonathan drops strong comment ahead of polls - Daily Post Nigeria

Nigeria elections: Why electronic voting must be adopted - Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan sends powerful message to Edwin Clark - Daily Post Nigeria

Jonathan’s ally joins Bayelsa guber race - Daily Post Nigeria

African countries lag behind in making democracy work – Jonathan - The Punch

Goodluck Jonathan's Chief of Staff, Oghiadome attacks Senator Wabara - Daily Post Nigeria

Africa: The Need for Good Governance and Peaceful Electioneering Process in Africa - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

Of Obasanjo, Jonathan and Nigeria’s democracy - Vanguard

Ribadu says corruption was widespread under Jonathan - Pulse Nigeria

Don’t give in as we battle insecurity, unemployment and poverty - GEJ to Nigerians - Legit.ng

13 countries where being gay is legally punishable by death - USA TODAY

Nigeria: The Task of Converting Honour to Dividends - AllAfrica.com

Dear Buhari, Don't End Up Making Jonathan, Obasanjo, IBB Look Like Heroes By Your Failure By Fredrick Nwabufo - SaharaReporters.com

How Boko Haram tried to convert Goodluck Jonathan to Islam - Clark makes shocking revelations - Daily Post Nigeria

Nobody complained I stole their money –Patience Jonathan - The Punch

Agadaga, Paulker join Bayelsa guber race - Guardian

FEATURE: From Obasanjo To Buhari, Four Things Each Administration In The Fourth Republic Will Be Remembered For - SaharaReporters.com

N1.6bn alleged fraud: Court adjourns judgment of Jonathan’s ex-aide - The Punch

Communities protest exclusion of Anambra from oil-producing states - Vanguard

Ex-Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, oil minister accused of taking bribes - africanews

If Jonathan had listened to me, PDP would have been in power - Wabara - Legit.ng

Former first lady Patience Jonathan steps out in style for a child dedication - Legit.ng

Jonathan greets Abdulsalami at 77 - Guardian

Can Ghana’s president really be a football mediator? - The Africa Report

Volpi tightens his grip over Oando’s future - The Africa Report

25,794 killed in violent crises during Buhari’s first term – Report - The Punch

Fulani Radio Station Is A Validation Of Obasanjo's Fulanization Claim, Says CAN - SaharaReporters.com

Why Obasanjo did not honour Abiola —Okupe - The Punch

Nigeria ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on 'Obama interference' in 2015 election bid - BBC News

INTERVIEW: Our roles in the controversial Malabu OPL 245 saga – Ex-Minister Adoke - Premium Times

Gowon, Abdulsalami, others absent at maiden June 12 celebration - The Punch

Nigeria election: What EU report tells the world about Buhari - Peter Obi - Daily Post Nigeria

Focus on Africa: Nigeria keeps faith in Buhari - RFI English

What Goodluck Jonathan taught me about postponing elections in Nigeria - Mail and Guardian

Nigerian Government Accuses Jonathan of Accepting Bribes While President - Council on Foreign Relations

Ministerial appointment: Buhari under 'fire' over delay in unveiling cabinet - Daily Post Nigeria

June 12: Saraki, Dogara, Obasanjo, IBB, Jonathan, others shun Democracy Day celebration - Daily Post Nigeria

EFCC arraigns man for obtaining property through false pretences - Legit.ng

NIGERIA : Mysterious trader Tanzila Petroleum reaps Senate's generosity - Africa Intelligence

Nigeria: How I Spent N400 Million Received From Jonathan Govt - Metuh - AllAfrica.com

Jonathan's government stole a lot of money - Apostle Suleman - Legit.ng

The 100 most influential Africans (21-30) - The Africa Report

Seized $429,381.87: Patience Jonathan’s younger sister battles EFCC - The Punch

EXCLUSIVE: Four years after, ex-Nigerian minister set to return home from exile - Premium Times

Like predecessors, Buhari ends first term violating Nigeria's procurement law - Premium Times

To be successful in business, you must learn how to fight - The East African

I have no problem with Jonathan - Governor Dickson - Legit.ng

Alleged N450m fraud: Belgore, ex-minister for trial tomorrow - Daily Trust

N11tn petrol subsidy, illogical - The Punch

SA has met its obligation to democratic elections - Goodluck Jonathan - EWN

Buhari and OIC controversy - The Punch

Exposing massive corruption of Diezani Alison-Madueke - Weekly Blitz

May 29: Why foreign leaders stayed away from Buhari's inauguration - Jonathan's ex-aide, Omokri - Daily Post Nigeria

Gbaja: Advocate of restructuring, prohibition of estimated billing - The Punch

Nigeria in distress—Anglican Communion - Vanguard

LIVE FROM EAGLE SQUARE, ABUJA: President Buhari's Second Term Inauguration - SaharaReporters.com

Flashback: Jagaban's New Nigeria - P.M. News

Why Nigeria presidents, governors assets will not be disclosed – CCT - Guardian

Jonathan, Dickson in battle of wits over gov’s successor - The Nation Newspaper

June 12: How Jonathan reduced MKO Abiola to ‘ethnic champion’ - Momoh - Daily Post Nigeria

Nigeria: Widespread Violence Ushers in President's New Term - Human Rights Watch

Oghiadomhe denies preventing Wabara from seeing President Jonathan - Vanguard

June 12: Nigeria's feats amid shortfalls - P.M. News

June 12: What Senator Abe said about Obasanjo, Jonathan, Babangida's absence at Democracy Day celebration - Daily Post Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram militants reportedly sack military base in Borno, kill Commander, send soldiers fleeing - Pulse Nigeria

Ex-AGF Malami reportedly under investigation for comments against Sambo Dasuki - Legit.ng

Nigeria: Emir Sanusi and Goje - What Happened to Their Probes? - AllAfrica.com

Obasanjo, Jonathan did not create Niger Delta, Yoruba radio - Charlyboy attacks Buhari - Daily Post Nigeria

Amaechi's Train Ride For $2b Silence By Azu Ishiekwene - SaharaReporters.com

No, Nigerian ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has not quit the opposition PDP - AFP Factcheck

431 debtors owe AMCON between N1b and N10b - The Nation Newspaper

Malabu oil deal: 4 years after, ex-Nigerian minister set to return home - Legit.ng

DSS denies arresting Kogi gov’s aide - The Punch

Comedy movies not enough for Nigeria’s population –Victor Osuagwu - The Punch

Just in: Ex-minister’s missed flight stalls Belgore’s money laundering trial - The Nation Newspaper

‘Daddy, we are leaving here on May 29′ — Adoke reveals Dudafa’s role in Jonathan’s concession - TheCable

Nigeria: Judge Accuses Counsel of Frustrating Metuh's Trial - AllAfrica.com

Where Lawan stands on national issues - The Punch

Solution to insecurity, youth unemployment, power crisis top Nigerians’ agenda as Buhari begins second term - The Punch

Nigeria: Why Buhari Attended OIC Meeting and What He Got for Nigeria - Aide - AllAfrica.com

Nigeria says ex-president and his oil minister took bribes: court filing - Reuters

Our Stand: The President's Speech - Leadership Newspaper

Dickson seeks special prayer for choice of next Bayelsa governor - The Punch

If President Muhammadu Buhari disappears - The Punch

Premium Times launches special print magazine to mark 20th anniversary of Nigeria's fourth republic - Premium Times

BREAKING: President Buhari Sacks FAAN Boss, Dunoma, Appoints Hamisu Yadudu As Replacement - SaharaReporters.com

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