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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: Goodluck back in 2023 presidential race - The East African

2023: Jonathan, Ortom meet behind closed doors - Punch Newspapers

Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan gets ECAM appointment - Guardian Nigeria

Jonathan qualified to run for president – Ozekhome - Premium Times

EXCLUSIVE: Ruling APC Postpones Presidential Aspirants' Screening To Allow Ex-President Jonathan, Others Submit Forms After Deadline - SaharaReporters.com

2023: I'm yet to decide, just watch out - Jonathan - Premium Times

How Goodluck Jonathan Brought Buhari To Power – Sowore - SaharaReporters.com

Group sues Jonathan, claims ex-president can’t contest again - Punch Newspapers

What did Goodluck Jonathan forget at the Villa?, By Osmund Agbo - Premium Times

Jonathan leaves for Dakar amidst controversy over presidential ambition - Punch Newspapers

2023: Southeast youths send message to Jonathan as ex-president joins APC presidential race - Daily Post Nigeria

Is President Goodluck Jonathan Qualified To Contest For The Office Of The President Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria Again Under The 1999 Constitution As Amended? By JIBRIN SAMUEL OKUTEPA - SaharaReporters.com

2023: Group protests alleged plot to cede APC presidential ticket to Jonathan - Vanguard

2023 presidency: Goodluck Jonathan not declaring – Former aide, Reno Omokri - Daily Post Nigeria

Jonathan congratulates Mary Odili at 70, retirement from Supreme Court - Punch Newspapers

PHOTOS: Former President Goodluck Jonathan visits APC Chairman Adamu - The Nation Newspaper - The Nation Newspaper

A word for Goodluck Jonathan – The Sun Nigeria - Daily Sun

Diaspora group gives Jonathan one-week ultimatum to declare presidential bid - TheCable

2023: What Jonathan’s return means for Nigeria - Vanguard

2023 presidency: ‘Nigerians still have confidence in Jonathan’ - Vanguard

Type of Yar’ Adua hard to find – Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

2023: Only Jonathan Can Make Me Reconsider Presidential Ambition – Bauchi Governor - Channels Television

2023 Presidency: PANDEF Warns Jonathan As MOSIEND Tackles Akpabio - Nigeria News

BREAKING: Northern group 'obtains' APC presidential form for Jonathan - The Nation Newspaper - The Nation Newspaper

APC Speaks on Zoning Presidency to Northeast, Jonathan's Alleged Submission of Nomination Form - Legit.ng

Ayade declares to run for president, says he may support Jonathan - Guardian Nigeria

2023: ‘Goodluck Jonathan Must Run’ Campaign Posters Floods Abuja - Nigeria News

AfDB boss Akinwumi Adesina: Why I will not run for Nigeria presidency - The East African

2023 Presidency: I'm not scared of Jonathan, says Yahaya Bello - Daily Trust

Disquiet As Opposition Party, PDP Moves Presidential Primary To MKO Abiola Stadium In Abuja - SaharaReporters.com

Goodluck Jonathan accident: Former Nigeria President involve for accident wey kill two pipo - BBC

2023: Nobody complained when you dominated 90% of Jonathan’s administration – Sen Zwingina to ... - Daily Post Nigeria

There’s Leadership Failure in Nigeria, Turaki, Ex-Minister Says As Wike Meets Kebbi PDP Leaders, Delegates - Nigeria News

Jonathan's Thanos moment - By: Gimba Kakanda - Daily Trust

‘ASUU Have No Reason To End Strike’ – Reno Omokri Knocks Buhari Over Accountant General&#... - Nigeria News

Goodluck Jonathan join APC? PDP clear ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan defection rumour - BBC

Deborah Samuel: Buhari govt can arrest killer of Sokoto student like Maina – Omokri - Daily Post Nigeria

2023 Presidency: Women, Youths March With Placards, Call For Goodluck Jonathan's Return As Ex-President Holds 'Strategic' Meeting Over Ambition - SaharaReporters.com

Nigeria 2023: Goodluck Jonathan to consider joining APC - The Africa Report

2023: Revisiting Jonathan's transformation agenda - TheCable

Senate President felicitates former President Goodluck Jonathan @64 - Vanguard

Goodluck Jonathan back in Bamako as fears grow for Mali transition - Africanews English

Jonathan briefs Buhari on Mali crisis - Premium Times

Goodluck Jonathan not resigning from PDP – Omokri - Daily Post Nigeria

Rise of Goodluck Jonathan’s northern foot soldiers - Punch Newspapers

BREAKING: Nigeria's Ex-President Jonathan Appointed UN Envoy - THEWILL NEWS MEDIA

Jonathan’s defection to APC would be morally reprehensible - Vanguard

How former adviser to Goodluck Jonathan was killed – Police - Premium Times

How ex-President Jonathan dodged PDP Convention - Premium Times

Former Nigerian leader Goodluck Jonathan weighs comeback amid legal hurdles - The Africa Report

How overfeeding made Nigerians bury Goodluck Jonathan in mock coffin – Reno Omokri - Daily Post Nigeria

Jonathan felicitates Buhari at 79 - Vanguard

Former President Jonathan hosts Uniport Alumni 1981 set reunion - Vanguard

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Chancellor of Ugandan university - ICIR

Why Jonathan must support Igbo presidency in 2023 – Ohanaeze - Punch Newspapers

Ex-president Jonathan gets new appointment in Uganda - Punch Newspapers

The Mystery Between Shonekan and Goodluck Jonathan - THISDAY Newspapers

Abuja-Kaduna Attack: Restore normalcy to Nigeria – Goodluck Jonathan to FG - Daily Post Nigeria

On Goodluck Jonathan [Pulse Contributor's Opinion] - Pulse Nigeria

Re: Sorry, Jonathan is coming and you can't stop him - TheCable

EXCLUSIVE: Again, Aso Rock Cabal Asks Jonathan To Prepare For Ruling APC Presidential Ticket, Rejects Tinubu, Osinbajo - SaharaReporters.com

Stop insulting Goodluck Jonathan, Amaechi told - Vanguard

Why I built Almajiri schools in North — Jonathan - Vanguard

Jonathan in Gambia, speaks on presidential election - Premium Times

Jonathan lauds Diri’s inclusive governance policy - Vanguard

Your humility earned you a place in history – Goodluck Jonathan to Adeboye at 80 - Daily Post Nigeria

BREAKING: Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan pays homage to Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III [PHOTOS] - Vanguard

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan's Minister, Orubebe, Campaign Director, Olejeme Secretly Dump PDP For APC - SaharaReporters.com

Between Isi-Uzo, Enugu Community and Goodluck Jonathan - Guardian Nigeria

Only South West has properly managed its diversity, says Jonathan - Punch Newspapers

Mum saw early signs Jonathan’s govt would fail – Dora Akunyili’s daughter - Punch Newspapers

Islamic group blames Goodluck Jonathan for current killings, kidnapping in Northern Nigeria - Daily Post Nigeria

Africa Advancement Forum to honour Goodluck Jonathan, Nana Akufo-Addo, others - Premium Times

New Year: Jonathan tasks Nigerians on building a just, peaceful society - Vanguard

PDP applauds as ex-president Jonathan gets international appointment - Guardian Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan in Bamako for ECOWAS mediation talks with new regime - Africanews English

Jonathan preaches peace, love at Christmas - Vanguard

Jonathan sues for peace in Ethiopia - Punch Newspapers

Goodluck Jonathan, Akpabio pay homage to Olu of Warri - Vanguard

Nigeria former leader Goodluck Jonathan say opposition party judge am harshly before di 2015 elections - BBC

Kidnapped Jonathan's cousin regains freedom two weeks after - Guardian Nigeria

How Some Northerners Made It Impossible For Ex-President Jonathan To Defeat Boko Haram --Former Niger Governor, Aliyu - SaharaReporters.com

2023 Presidency: Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in Perspective - The Nigerian Voice

I ‘ll withdraw from presidential race if GEJ enters - Mohammed - Businessday

How I spent 81 days in detention on order of ex-President Jonathan – Shola - P.M. News

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan pays Courtesy call on President. Museveni - Uganda Media Centre

AFCON 2021: Goodluck Jonathan reacts as Super Eagles qualify for knockout stages - Daily Post Nigeria

Osinbajo, Gowon, Jonathan, others attend Shonekan's funeral - Premium Times

Be A Man, Sit On Yar'Adua's Chair – Billionaire, Otedola Says He Encouraged Goodluck Jonathan To Assume Power In 2010 - SaharaReporters.com

Goodluck Jonathan names one major source of conflicts in African countries - Daily Post Nigeria

2023: APC considering Goodluck Jonathan as presidential candidate – Deji Adeyanju claims - Daily Post Nigeria

Take Nigeria Back To Security Level Under Ex-President Jonathan, Northern Youths Tell Buhari - SaharaReporters.com

Recent coups in African countries threat to democracy – Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

2023 and Goodluck Jonathan's fabled luck — Opinion — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News - Guardian Nigeria

Cancer not death sentence, says Jonathan - Vanguard

Auto crash: Goodluck Jonathan visits injured police officer in hospital - Daily Trust

When Goodluck Jonathan hosted his class of 'UU'81' - New Telegraph Newspaper

Lawan advises Nigerian leaders to emulate Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

We regret getting rid of Jonathan to elect Buhari, Northern elders lament - Punch Newspapers

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