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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

2023 presidential contest: It's too early to talk about that, says Jonathan - TheCable

APC governors' visit to Jonathan, apology for Buhari's misrule, says PDP - Guardian Nigeria

2023: Dr Goodluck Jonathan not qualified to contest - TheCable

2023: The Goodluck Jonathan card - The Nation Newspaper

PHOTOS: Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan celebrates 63rd birthday - Vanguard

Bayelsa by election: Seriake Dickson, Peremobowei Ebebi be top contenders - BBC News

JUST IN: APC governors visit Goodluck Jonathan - Vanguard

Ndume apologises to Jonathan for 'harsh' criticismsPolitics - Guardian

What I say’ll happen in Rivers – Amaechi - Vanguard

Why 78 Nigerian farmers were murdered - The Economist

In Nigeria, the nexus between music and politics shows how corruptible art is - Scroll.in

APC to PDP: Jonathan now a progressive person... he works for us - TheCable

Goodluck Jonathan’s romance with Buhari raises permutations ahead of 2023 election - Legit.ng

The perils of mixing music and politics in Nigeria - The Conversation CA

'He has brought honour to Nigeria' -- Buhari hails Jonathan on birthday - TheCable

Mali: Former Nigerian President Jonathan’s mediation flounders - The Africa Report

Nigeria argues over the writing on its banknotes - The Economist

2023: Plot to draft Jonathan into presidential race good for Nigeria, says Agbo - Guardian

Goodluck Jonathan: Economic Communality of West African States want Nigeria former President to bring peace to Mali - BBC News

Again Jonathan says, ‘nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any citizen’ - Vanguard

Wike and Biafra: Northern Nigerians Are No Fools - Vanguard

Nigeria: President Buhari's war on Boko Haram 'far from over' - DW (English)

The Post-Presidential Legacy of Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan - Council on Foreign Relations

Shall we impeach Buhari? Osinbajo dragged over 2015 tweet - P.M. News

Boko Haram: Zulum tells Buhari to hire mercenaries like Jonathan - P.M. News

Nigeria: EFCC Urges Court to Revoke Femi Fani-Kayode's Bail - AllAfrica.com

Nigeria: Buhari Can't Address South-South Demands Under Threat - Amaechi - AllAfrica.com

BORNO MASSACRE: We may consider legalising carrying of arms ― Imo PDP Chieftain, Nwalozie - Vanguard

Former Nigerian president named special envoy to Mali - Anadolu Agency

The security question - The Nation Newspaper

Goodluck Jonathan’s Mali mediation shuttles between government and opposition - RFI English

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: how global and local experience would play out in WTO top job - The Conversation CA

OBITUARY: Domkat Bali, loyal army general who 'saved Nigeria from a genocide' - TheCable

Wike and Biafra: The Northern Nigerians Are No Fools, By SKC Ogbonnia - Premium Times

South, M'Belt leaders ask British lawmaker to prove graft claim against Gowon - Guardian

Owu people do not steal ― Obasanjo - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Nigeria’s professional army and the sustenance of democracy - Guardian

Bayelsa and Cross River States’ senatorial bye-elections results trickle in - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Bayelsa senatorial bye-election: PDP leads in Yenagoa Ward Biseni 1 - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Charting a New South-south Devt Agenda - THISDAY Newspapers

Life after power: Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan gets a second chance - The Africa Report

Girls with big butts are over-confident, snobbish —Mayorkun - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

West African leaders press for Mali president’s release - ABC27

West African Countries May Lift Mali Sanctions After Interim President Sworn in Friday - Voice of America

Envoys Arrive in Mali to Meet With Military Junta, Ousted President Keita - Voice of America

2023: Towards a president of Igbo extraction - The Nation Newspaper

Abdurasheed Maina: Ali Ndume withdraws suretiship, hails arrest - Legit.ng

Jonathan reacts as Nigerian govt hunts for his US 'bank records' - Premium Times

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

Entertainer celebrates Goodluck Jonathan after Buhari’s speech - Vanguard

COVID-19 exposes failure of governance in Africa – Goodluck Jonathan Foundation - Premium Times

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan: Five reasons why he lost - BBC News

Fear of Goodluck Jonathan and the 2023 Debate - THISDAY Newspapers

2023: I support return of power to the South —El-Rufai - The Punch

Goodluck Jonathan: Crisis manager of the centuryOpinion - Guardian

Soldiers repel attack on former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's home - Eyewitness News

Jonathan hail Buhari's efforts to complete legacy projectsNigeria - Guardian Nigeria

7th Edition of Top Naija Music Awards holds in Lagos Sunday - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Buhari receives briefing on Mali crisis from Special envoy, Goodluck Jonathan - Guardian

Beautiful Nubia celebrates decade of music festival, EMUfest - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Bayelsa bye-election: Ex-gov Dickson votes in Tori Orua, says exercise peaceful, impressive - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Nigeria says Mali transition government yet to satisfy regional demands - Reuters

Ex-Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, oil minister accused of taking bribes - Africanews in English

Former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan honored by the... - SaportaReport

Mali crisis: President Buhari, Goodluck Jonthan, Ecowas peace mission to Bamako no still fit solve di political crisis - Dis na beginners guide to understand di palava inside dis West African nation - BBC News

Bayelsa bye-elections: Three policemen drown in Southern Ijaw River - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Why I'm stepping away from active politics - Jonathan - Premium Times

Farmers' killing: Borno IDPs fear return to communitiesNigeria - Guardian

CBN, be honest with the recession - Guardian

Jonathan confirms attack on his Otuoke home, commends soldiers - Premium Times

Seriake Dickson: Senate next duty post as Bayelsans vote again - TheCable

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's embattled president - CNN

Boko Haram areas 'retaken in a month' - Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan - BBC News

Nigeria Will 'Conquer' Boko Haram, Goodluck Jonathan Says - NBCNews.com

Message to Goodluck Jonathan: Assassins’ll attempt your life this year but’ll fail — Prophet Serimoedumu - Vanguard

Nigeria's Former President Goodluck Jonathan Wants You to Know He Does Not Have 36 Televisions - Newsweek

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's ex-President, ordered to testify in corruption trial - Deutsche Welle

West African leaders lift post-coup sanctions on Mali - Al Jazeera English

President Goodluck Jonathan defies critics ahead of Nigeria polls - Financial Times

Ex-President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan Appointed Chairperson Advisory Board Tingo International - Proshare Nigeria Limited

Goodluck Jonathan: from poor boy to accidental president - The Guardian

Jonathan attacks ex-US Ambassador John Campbell - Premium Times


Time to break Lagos-Ibadan Expressway jinx - The Punch

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declares emergency in 3 states - CNN International

Goodluck Jonathan top ten richest - Black Enterprise

Nigeria: Buhari's Supporters Considering Jonathan for 2023 Presidential Run - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

P&ID: US judge okays Nigeria's request to access bank records of Jonathan, Diezani others - Premium Times

One-on-One Exclusive: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Talks Business Development - Black Enterprise

Goodluck Jonathan: By name and nature? - CNN

How Ex-Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, Got University Student Who Created Parody Twitter Account In His Name Detained For 54 Days - SaharaReporters.com

Goodluck Jonathan: The Facebook president - CNN

Patience Jonathan biography: Who is Goodluck Jonathan’s wife? - Legit.ng

Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan Runs for Re-Election - Council on Foreign Relations

Don’t lose hope in Nigeria — Jonathan - Vanguard

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria - U.N. General Assembly Speech - New York Times

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan visits Boko Haram stronghold - The Guardian

How I Was Detained For 84 Days For Making A Comment About Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan And His Wife With A Twitter Parody Account —Babatunde Olusola - SaharaReporters.com

I didn’t speak on Biafra and Niger Delta – Jonathan - Vanguard

#EndSARS: Jonathan calls for restraint - Premium Times

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