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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

Buhari: Apologise to Goodluck Jonathan now – Timi Frank tells Nigerians - Daily Post Nigeria

Jonathan arrives South Korea for International Leadership Conference - Legit.ng

Goodluck Jonathan speaks on vision, dreams for sustainable development - Legit.ng

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

Government Converts Goodluck Jonathan's Almajiri School To Teachers Institute - SaharaReporters.com

Bayelsa guber: What Goodluck Jonathan told Aspirant Okara - Daily Post Nigeria

Anti-Corruption Group Expresses Joy EFCC Is Probing Obasanjo, Yar'Adua, Jonathan Alleged Power Project Scams - SaharaReporters.com

What Goodluck Jonathan said about George-Ikoli - P.M. News

Jonathan’s failure on restructuring - The Punch

How we ended up in the Abacha era - The Punch

Collaborate to tackle insecurity, Jonathan tells world leaders - The Punch

The whole truth about Jonathan, P & ID's deal - Reno - Vanguard News - Vanguard

Banditry: How Nigerian military can win the peace (2) - The Punch

Eid-el-Kabir: May the divine blessings of Allah bring you hope - Goodluck Jonathan to all Muslims - Legit.ng

Jonathan speaks on life after being Nigeria’s president - Daily Post Nigeria

The many troubles of Southern Nigerians - Guardian

APC attacks Jonathan over election comment - Premium Times

Jonathan salutes Babangida at 78 - The Nation Newspaper

Jonathan calls for global collaboration in peace-building at Korean Summit - Vanguard

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

Goodluck Jonathan, advocacy for credible electoral processes in Africa - Vanguard

Why Buhari’s long-awaited cabinet is disappointing - The Punch

Buhari knocked for ordering ministers to report to Kyari - The Punch

Bayelsa guber: Jonathan says APC lacks presence to win poll - Legit.ng

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

Jonathan’s ex-aide, Omokri mocks portfolios Buhari assigned to Keyamo, Akpabio - Daily Post Nigeria

UPDATED: Fowler replies Buhari, explains low tax revenue - Premium Times

Ten years of Boko Haram - Guardian

Buhari centre fires back at Timi Frank, says Jonathan should apologise to Nigerians - Legit.ng

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

Of Ekweremadu And His IPOB Children By Peter Claver Oparah - SaharaReporters.com

Nigerian activist arrested for calling for a nationwide #RevolutionNow protest movement - Global Voices

How Nigeria can end electoral violence, thuggery – Jonathan - P.M. News

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

Lessons from the $9bn award against Nigeria - The Punch

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

EFCC reportedly begins probe of Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan govts over $16bn power project - Legit.ng

Diezani wants her pearl - The Nation Newspaper

Timi Frank: Don’t expect much from these ministers - TheCable

SERAP backs EFCC's decision to probe Obasanjo's govt over $16bn power project - Legit.ng

EISA's Goodluck Jonathan gives #Elections2019 a thumbs up - IOL

Herdsmen Terrorism: Different Strokes For The Man Of God And The Daughter Of A Politician By SKC Ogbonnia - SaharaReporters.com

Election Observers Head Goodluck Jonathan gives update on SA's national elections - CNBCAfrica.com

Measurements of mediocrity - Daily Trust

EFCC accuses Babalele, frees APC chieftain over same crime – Omokri - Vanguard

P&ID Facts <info@pandidfacts.com> - The Nigerian Voice

Diezani fights for gold - The Nation Newspaper

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

Elections: How Nigeria can end electoral violence, thuggery – Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

JUST IN: Oyo-Ita visits Aso Villa after staying away from ministers’ retreat - TheCable

Nigeria police stirs reactions over arrest of Wadume - Daily Post Nigeria

Worries over oil sector as Buhari returns as minister - Guardian Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan gets another international appointment - Legit.ng

INEC server: The unspoken secrets of z-pad? - Vanguard

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

‘Special adviser on Lagos gutter affairs’ — Twitter reactions to Joe Igbokwe’s appointment - TheCable

'Goodluck Jonathan Promised Us N100bn In 2015', Says Miyetti Allah - SaharaReporters.com

Goodluck Jonathan gets new appointment - P.M. News

Goodluck Jonathan attends 2019 African security conference in Port Harcourt - Legit.ng

Nigeria: Muhammadu Buhari Targets Goodluck Jonathan in War of Words Over Corruption, Boko Haram - Newsweek

Goodluck Jonathan loses valuables to insider thieves - P.M. News

Emefiele: EFCC investigating how P&ID deal was approved - TheCable

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

EXCLUSIVE: Winifred Oyo-Ita sends retirement letter to Buhari - TheCable

Ebri, others condemn allegations against Oyo-Ita, Obono-Obla - Guardian Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan Condemns Coup Attempt In Ethiopia, Says Nobody's Blood Is Worth Political Ambition - SaharaReporters.com

Nigerian man eulogises Goodluck Jonathan, says ex-president a hero - Legit.ng

Former president Goodluck Jonathan biography - Legit.ng

SATIRE SATURDAY: Shall we now beg Goodluck Jonathan for forgiveness? - Premium Times

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's ex-President, ordered to testify in corruption trial - DW (English)

How Obama plotted my defeat in 2015 — Goodluck Jonathan - Premium Times

Mahama joins ex-Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan launch book - GhanaWeb

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

The return of barbarians (1) - Vanguard News - Vanguard

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's embattled president - CNN

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

Breaking: Court orders Irish firm to seize Nigeria’s $9b - Vanguard News - Vanguard

Money Laundering: Goodluck Jonathan Gave Me N400 Million Not Dasuki, Metuh Tells Court - SaharaReporters.com

Corruption still killing Nigeria's economy - EFCC boss reveals - Legit.ng

Halima Waziri apologises to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Omotola Jalade reacts - Legit.ng

Time has proven Goodluck Jonathan was indeed incompetent - Obasanjo - GhanaWeb

Mueller Was Listening to This Guy? - New York Magazine

Emulate Goodluck Jonathan's example – Ex-envoy tells Mahama - GhanaWeb

Goodluck Jonathan’s journey to Nigeria’s presidency is also a story of how he lost it - Quartz

Goodluck Jonathan fires back at Osinbajo - Daily Post Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan speaks on ‘dumping PDP, retiring’ from politics - Daily Post Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan: Policies or promises? | Africa - Aljazeera.com

Obasanjo Writes Buhari on Nigerian Insecurity - Council on Foreign Relations

Goodluck Jonathan sends message to Muslims - Daily Post Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan's message to Buhari at 76 - Daily Post Nigeria

Ruga: Goodluck Jonathan attacks Buhari, Gov. Lalong - Daily Post Nigeria

Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan Denies Turning Down Chibok Girls Rescue Offer - Newsweek

PDP’s national secretariat: Hangover of botched vision, missed opportunities - Guardian

To unseat the ANC, South Africa's opposition must put aside their egos - Mail and Guardian

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

Show more respect to Buhari, Goodluck Jonathan tells Omokri - P.M. News

Luck runs out for president Goodluck Jonathan as Nigerian opposition wins landmark election - South China Morning Post

Former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan honored by the SCLC - SaportaReport

Goodluck Jonathan appoints Akachukwu Nwankpo as personal envoy - Daily Post Nigeria

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan, profile of a defeated president - BBC News

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