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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

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

2015: Jonathan’s book misrepresented facts, says US - The Punch

You Misrepresented Facts in Your Book, US Diplomat Tells Jonathan - THISDAY Newspapers

Real reasons I lost 2015 presidential election - Goodluck Jonathan - Premium Times

Why I can't take responsibility for Boko Haram's abduction of Chibok girls - Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

Why I Defeated Goodluck Jonathan In 2015 – President Buhari Speaks Out – Tori News - Nigerian Bulletin

Why I regret reading Goodluck Jonathan's ‘My Transition Hours’ - Buhari’s aide - Daily Post Nigeria

‘You misrepresented facts’ — US diplomat hits Jonathan over book on 2015 polls - TheCable

Jonathan @ 61: When a leader leaves positive strides in the sands of time - Vanguard

7 throwback photos of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan as he turns 61 - Nigeria News NAIJ.com

Obasanjo, Oshiomhole, Atiku, others attend Goodluck Jonathan Book launch - Premium Times

Return us to Goodluck Jonathan era - Fani-Kayode, Omokri lament poor economy - Daily Post Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan: A Victim Of Self Destruct - Leadership Newspaper

Corruption allegations: Goodluck Jonathan attacks Osinbajo, says VP has 'leprous' fingers - Daily Post Nigeria

Atiku Campaign: How Jonathan, Others Prevailed On Wike Not To Resign - SaharaReporters.com

Goodluck Jonathan’s My Transition Hours, A Thrilling Odyssey - Leadership Newspaper

2019: How Goodluck Jonathan neglected South West - Fayemi - Daily Post Nigeria

Dr. Goodluck Jonathan at 61: When a Leader Leaves Positive Strides in the Sands of Time - THISDAY Newspapers

Jonathan Greets Danjuma at 81, Describes Him as a Courageous Patriot - THISDAY Newspapers

Top 3 Allegations Against Barack Obama In Goodluck Jonathan's Book "The Transition Hours" - Olatorera.com

Olatunji Dare, wrong notion of Jonathan’s book, doctorate degree - Vanguard

Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan Launches Book November 20 - AllAfrica.com

Leaders Honour Jonathan at Book Launch (Photos) - THISDAY Newspapers

Jonathan's book, 2019 campaigns flag off, others top politics last week - Premium Times

Jonathan, Gana, Others Pay Tributes to Dickson’s Mother - Vanguard

Dr. Goodluck Jonathan at 61: Positive strides in the sands of time - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Rivers Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency: Jonathan to interface with Buhari for amicable resolution - Vanguard

Jega's INEC conspired against me in 2015 - Jonathan - Premium Times

I defeated Jonathan because of endemic corruption – Buhari - Vanguard

Only Atiku has the capacity to grow Nigeria's economy – Jonathan - Pulse Nigeria

JUST IN: Jonathan announces book presentation with Buhari as special guest of honour - Legit.ng

My Transition Hours: Northeast forum fires back at Jonathan over attack on Buhari, Shettima - Daily Post Nigeria

Abdusalami to Jonathan: You brought peace to Nigeria - The Punch

Nigeria's Buhari signs election 'peace deal' with opponents - News24

I can't take responsibility for Chibok girls' abduction – Goodluck Jonathan – Laila's Blog - Nigerian Bulletin

Global Statesmanship And National Heroism – The Truth Of Goodluck Jonathan’s Legacy - Leadership Newspaper

Former President Goodluck Jonathan clocks 61 in style, see photos from his birthday party – Legit Nigeria News - Nigerian Bulletin

Jonathan’s book and litany of omissions - P.M. News

I made up my mind to visit Chibok but the trip was cancelled because information was leaked - Jonathan - Legit.ng

Okupe spends night at EFCC detention facility - The Punch

The story of Nigeria is identical to that of Israel – Jonathan - Vanguard


US Reacts To Jonathan's Book, Accuses Him Of Misrepresenting Facts – Tori News - Nigerian Bulletin

Actor Yul Edochie Visits Goodluck Jonathan In Abuja (Photo) – Nairaland - Nigerian Bulletin

What Tony Anenih could not tell Goodluck Jonathan before he died - Kemi Filani News

Jonathan greets Theophilus Danjuma at 81 - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Goodluck Jonathan Shines At A Wedding In Warri. Spotted With Uduaghan – Nairaland - Nigerian Bulletin

Group slams Jonathan - The Punch

Photos: Osinbajo, Jonathan, Atiku meet at Dickson mother’s commendation service - Vanguard

Unhappy people have pirated my book, Jonathan laments - The Punch

How Obama plotted my defeat in 2015 — Goodluck Jonathan – Premium Times Nigeria – Premium Times Nigeria - Nigerian Bulletin

Goodluck Jonathan accused Barack Obama, of frustrating his administration's efforts to rescue schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorist group, Boko Haram - Naija247news

Jonathan, Boss Mustapha, Lai Mohammed, others eulogise late Justice Uche - Premium Times

Dickson's bridge projects excite Jonathan's kinsmen - The Nation Newspaper

Anti-corruption war beyond rhetoric - Guardian Nigeria

Jonathan says Boko Haram wanted him to dump Christianity for Islam - Pulse Nigeria

Nigeria: Anti-Corruption War Beyond Rhetoric - AllAfrica.com

Jonathan redefined Nigeria’s democratic ethos – Dickson - Vanguard

Buhari felicitates with Jonathan, Attah on birthdays - Premium Times

I could be blamed for not rescuing Chibok girls – Jonathan - Vanguard

Abdulsalami Abubakar’s committee reveals why Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat in 2015 - TODAY.NG

Doctorate: UNIPORT alumni backs Jonathan - The Punch

Jonathan's 'Transition' Controversy By SOC Okenwa - SaharaReporters.com

Jonathan says Yar'Adua made decision to pardon Alamieyeseigha - Pulse Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan and the Chibok Girls Affair -By Majeed Dahiru - https://www.worldsummitawards.org/winner/opinionnigeria/

Buhari And African Leaders To Honour Goodluck Jonathan @ Book Launch - Naija News

What Jonathan govt failed to do for Nigerians - Osinbajo - Daily Post Nigeria

Fayose describes Goodluck Jonathan with endearing words - Kemi Filani News

How we persuaded Jonathan to concede defeat in 2015 - Na’Allah - Legit.ng

Ex-president Jonathan, former minister reportedly indicted in illegal oil deal - Legit.ng

Why north dumped Jonathan in 2015 - PDP chieftain - Daily Post Nigeria

Buhari will win Taraba in 2019, says former acting governor - The Nation Newspaper

EFCC arrests Tunde Ayeni over 2015 election funds - TheCable

Photos from Goodluck Jonathan’s 61st birthday party - Kemi Filani News

Arewa: No regrets working against Goodluck Jonathan - TODAY.NG

Jonathan expresses concern over vote buying - BusinessDay

Catholic Bishop laments absence of political structures in Nigeria - Journalducameroun.com - English

José Andrés is nominated for 2019 Nobel Peace Prize and other updates from TED - TED Blog

Buhari greets Jonathan, Attah, Ezeife on birthdays - The Nation Newspaper

Nigeria: Atiku, Ezekwesili, Agbakoba, Can Ask Buhari to Sign 2018 Electoral Bill - AllAfrica.com

Corruption has gotten worse since I left office – Jonathan - BusinessDay

Reno accuses Buhari of bribing his wife Aisha with presidential appointment - P.M. News

Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Patience, visit site of 7-storey building that collapsed in Rivers (Photo) - Within Nigeria

Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Tuesday morning - Daily Post Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan: Photographs of my mock coffin traumatised my mother - TODAY.NG

PDP kicks as EFCC holds Okupe over ONSA funds - The Nation Newspaper

Namadi Sambo: Goodluck Jonathan a peaceful and civilized statesman - TODAY.NG

Obasanjo, Jonathan, others in Yola as Atiku turbaned Waziri Adamawa - Daily Trust

Daddy Freeze has never twisted Scripture - Reno - P.M. News

Print | TV | Podcast. - BusinessDay

‘We deserve the best’ — Abati asks Ogun people to vote Kashamu - TheCable

2019: Nigerian Election Debate Group releases dates for presidential debates - Premium Times

Jonathan, in new book, lists main challenges of his administration - BusinessDay

Saraki, Mimiko, PDP governors salute Jonathan at 61 - Legit.ng

Salihu Ibrahim, former chief of army staff, is dead - TheCable

PTAD pays 500 NITEL, Mtel deceased pensioners' next of kins - The Nation Newspaper

2019: North Will Not Vote On Sentiment, Says Elders' Forum - SaharaReporters.com

Yakubu Dogara: Goodluck Jonathan resisted temptation to join African demagogues, narcissists - TODAY.NG

Who Is Nnamdi Okonkwo? Why Is A Bank MD Charged To Court Alongside Africa's Most Corrupt Woman? - Olatorera.com

Freezing Peter Obi’s bank accounts wicked, desperate, says ex-APC chief - The Punch

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