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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

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan delivers talk on democracy and development in Africa | Yale and the ... - Yale University

Ex-Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Joins the Party as Cambodian Election Observer - The Diplomat

BREAKING: Ex-President Jonathan’s Former Aide, Ojuogboh Dies Watching Super Eagles Against South Africa - SaharaReporters.com

Jonathan leads Commonwealth Mission to observe Pakistan's elections - Premium Times

'Icon of Democracy': Tinubu Rejoices With Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan At 66 - Arise News

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

Jonathan to lead Commonwealth observers for Pakistan’s election - Punch Newspapers

Anyim Denies Ever Opposing Nnaji’s Geometric Power - THISDAY Newspapers

Oronsaye Report: Nigeria operates one of worst bloated civil service globally, says APC chieftain - Peoples Gazette

Jonathan at 66: A statesman and the redemptive power of peace | TheCable - TheCable

Zimbabwe elections: Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan to lead AU observer mission - News24

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

Ex-Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan attends nephew's traditional wedding in Embu - Citizen Digital

The Best Thing Goodluck Jonathan Ever Did Was to Concede - The New Yorker

Ex-president Jonathan loses elder sister - Punch Newspapers

Pray for my mum who lost eight children, Jonathan tells Nigerians - Peoples Gazette

Tinubu hails former President Jonathan’ at 66 - Punch Newspapers

Christmas: Jonathan urges Nigerians to embrace love, unity - Punch Newspapers

Jonathan seeks youth inclusion in governance - Punch Newspapers

PDP hails Jonathan at 66 - Punch Newspapers

Jonathan loses elder sister - Premium Times

Bayelsa APC elders knock Jonathan over mother’s relocation comment - Punch Newspapers

14 key things to know about Oronsaye report - Vanguard

REWIND: In 2010, Jonathan rejected navy's proposal to buy presidential yacht | TheCable - TheCable

Hardship: Ozekhome Faults Tinubu For Blaming Buhari, Jonathan - Leadership News

Ex-Nigerian president Jonathan Preaches peace through democratic practice as Cambodia votes - Khmer Times

Jonathan leads West African delegation to observe Liberia election | TheCable - TheCable

I never thought I’d sit with Gowon in Council of State -Jonathan - Punch Newspapers

Nigeria election: Goodluck Jonathan concedes - CNN

Bayelsa APC elders fume over Jonathan’s move to nominate minister - Punch Newspapers

Oronsaye report: What's the fuss about? | TheCable - TheCable

Why Africa continues to experience coups - Jonathan - Premium Times

How Goodluck Jonathan lost the Nigerian election - The Guardian

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

Jones Arogbofa, Jonathan's former chief of staff, slumps, dies in Abuja - TheCable

#BayelsaDecides2023: Jonathan urges NASS to block off-season polls - Punch Newspapers

Prioritise national interest, Jonathan tells politicians - Punch Newspapers

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria’s embattled president - CNN

Goodluck Jonathan saved Nigeria - Shehu Sani on GEJ's achievements - Daily Post Nigeria

Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan declares emergency in states - BBC.com

Jonathan to African leaders: Ensuring inclusivity in democracy will build a stable society | TheCable - TheCable

UPDATED: Jonathan visits Tinubu, urges ex-presidents, others to stop fighting - Premium Times

Tinubu, Diri hail Jonathan at 66 - Punch Newspapers

No apologies for supporting Diri’s re-election, says Jonathan - Punch Newspapers

Jonathan: In 2006, late Kaunda prophesied I'd be Nigeria's president - TheCable

Christian Association of Nigeria Warns Against Arrest of Goodluck Jonathan - Council on Foreign Relations

Jonathan Meets With Tinubu At Presidential Villa - Channels Television

'ICRC, BPE to be merged, PTAD scrapped' — many agencies affected as Tinubu implements Oronsaye report | TheCable - TheCable

'Icon of democracy' — Tinubu celebrates Jonathan at 66 | TheCable - TheCable

From Jonathan to Tinubu: Will any Nigerian president ever implement the Oronsaye report? Here's what we found - Solacebase


‘You lied’, Jonathan knocks Femi Kuti over EFCC fraud case claim - Punch Newspapers

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Concedes to Muhammadu Buhari - Council on Foreign Relations

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

Goodluck Jonathan Loses Sister - Leadership News

'You can't take swamp out of hippopotamus' -- Sylva hits Jonathan over comments on Bayelsa guber poll | TheCable - TheCable

Ex-Nigerian President Jonathan dissociates self from 2023 bid - Al Jazeera English

UPDATED: In Bold Move, President Tinubu Approves Full Implementation Of Oronsaye Report, Gives SGF 12 Weeks ... - thewill news media

Goodluck Jonathan exemplifies an icon of democracy, peacebuilding at 66 - Tinubu - Daily Post Nigeria

Nigerian president begins re-election campaign - The Guardian

Atiku, Murray-Bruce celebrate Goodluck Jonathan at 66 | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News ... - Guardian Nigeria

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan: Tide turned against Boko Haram - BBC.com

Nigeria's President Launches Amnesty Committee for Boko Haram - Council on Foreign Relations

Goodluck Jonathan on the Nigeria-U.S. Bilateral Relationship - Council on Foreign Relations

How late President Kaunda of Zambia predicted my political future - Jonathan - Premium Times

UPDATED: Jonathan visits Tinubu, says Nigeria still fit to lead Africa - Punch Newspapers

Former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan's biography: 2023 update - Legit.ng

Goodluck Jonathan's ex-Chief of Staff, Arogbofa is dead - Daily Post Nigeria

Ex President Goodluck Jonathan Awarded 'Symbol Of Peace' In Africa For Role In Ensuring Peaceful Transition - Leadership News

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan loses elder sister - Daily Post Nigeria

Jonathan: I owe nobody apologies for supporting Diri's re-election - TheCable

Tinubu Congratulates Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on His 66th Birthday - THISDAY Newspapers

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

Nigeria passes law against gay relationships - Al Jazeera English

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's former president rejects APC nomination - BBC.com

Ex-Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan in Kenya for nephew's wedding - Nairobi News

Goodluck Jonathan visits APC Nat'l Chairman, Ganduje [Photos] - Daily Post Nigeria

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan vows to defeat Boko Haram - BBC.com

Goodluck Jonathan: The presidential scientist, advocate of modern agricultural technology - Tribune Online

Malala meets Nigeria's leader Goodluck Jonathan over abducted girls - BBC.com

Jonathan wants 2014 confab report implemented - Punch Newspapers

Jonathan Visits Tinubu In Aso Rock After Supreme Court Verdict - Channels Television

Jonathan to Nigerians: Elections are over, let's end tension and move forward | TheCable - TheCable

My cabinet members feared being jailed by Buhari – Jonathan - Punch Newspapers

Nigeria pardons Goodluck Jonathan ally, Alamieyeseigha - BBC.com

Block Off-Season Elections, Jonathan Tells NASS - Channels Television

Gay Marriage and Goodluck Jonathan's Tricky Position - Council on Foreign Relations

Nigeria: From Goodluck Jonathan to Muhammadu Buhari Notes de l'Ifri, December 2015 - IFRI

Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan taken ill in London - BBC.com

Nigeria's president signs law imposing up to 14 years' jail for gay relationships - The Guardian

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

Breaking: Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s elder sister is dead - P.M. News

Hard for Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Not to Run in 2015-But Can He Win? - Council on Foreign Relations

Insecurity: I'd have relocated my mum to Abuja if Diri had lost, says Jonathan | TheCable - TheCable

Goodluck Jonathan votes, calls for end to off-cycle elections - Businessday

“Hard for Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Not To Run in 2015—But Can he Win?” - Council on Foreign Relations

Delta Militant Insists Goodluck Jonathan Run for President in 2015 - Council on Foreign Relations

Tinubu orders full implementation of Oronsaye Report⁣ ⁣ - Daily Trust

'Icon of democracy' - PDP hails Goodluck Jonathan at 66 - Daily Post Nigeria

A Conversation with Goodluck Jonathan - Council on Foreign Relations

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