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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

COVID-19: Goodluck Jonathan, Army give palliatives to Nasarawa - Daily Trust

Goodluck Jonathan, others to speak on peace and conflict resolution - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Ajimobi a skillful politician – Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan - P.M. News

INTERVIEW: My struggles between Jonathan, Saraki; and why Otoge movement succeeded -- Ex-Minister - Premium Times

Virus likely to get worse in coming months, Uhuru tells Africa nations - The Star, Kenya

Abdulsalami at 78: He’s an asset to Nigeria, says Goodluck Jonathan - Vanguard

Buhari appoints Jonathan’s minister, ex-editors ambassadorial nominees - The Punch

Malabu Scandal: Jonathan, Etete, Aliyu, Adoke had long-standing relationships, says Italian prosecutor - Premium Times

Abaribe Tackles Adeyemi over Attack on PDP - THISDAY Newspapers

When Obasanjo Fired A Letter Bomb At Goodluck Jonathan - The News

COVID-19: Jonathan donates palliatives to 20 States - Daily Sun

Goodluck Jonathan reacts as Burundi President, Nkurunziza dies of heart failure - Daily Post Nigeria

Jonathan’s ex-aide, Omokri attacks Buhari, demands inquiry into NNPC $25bn contract scam - Daily Post Nigeria

Buhari Media : Italian court trial on OPL 245 summary of PDP-corrupt era - P.M. News

Examining the Power Play in NBET - THISDAY Newspapers

COVID-19 Raises Nigeria’s e-Payment Transactions to N11.7tn, Says Report - THISDAY Newspapers

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

Chibuike Amaechi, Ndi Igbo and 2023 - Vanguard

Jonathan, Tinubu, El Rufai, Sekibo To Receive Democracy Heroes Award Alongside Malami - Daily Sun

Sexual harassment not peculiar to Nollywood –Chiwetalu Agu - The Punch

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

X-raying the dusts over Buhari’s appointments - Vanguard

Facts don't lie: No Nigerian leader has authored more books than Obasanjo - P.M. News

Edo Poll: Undercurrents that May Shape Outcome - THISDAY Newspapers

Things worse for the north now, after OBJ, Yar’Adua, Jonathan failed us ― Shariff - Vanguard

Malabu Scandal: EFCC denies dropping corruption charges against Adoke - Premium Times

APC leadership imbrioglio and nattering nabobs of Pavlovian conditioning - The Nation Newspaper

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

The Politics of Electricity Tariff - THISDAY Newspapers

Revisiting the three-sided political battles in Imo state - Guardian

The politics of Tinubu obsession - TheCable

Nigeria: Aftermath of Attack, Goodluck Jonathan Scampers to Abuja - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

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

2023: Why it is important to elect a Nigerian President of South East extraction - Daily Sun

Here’s why ex-Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan is staying away from partisan politics - Pulse Nigeria

Of going spiritual and recalibrating our response efforts to COVID-19 - Vanguard

Lamido Sanusi: A Man of Nigeria's Past and Possibly Its Future - Council on Foreign Relations

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

Nigeria: COVID-19 - Goodluck Jonathan Foundation Donates to Abuja IDP Camps - AllAfrica.com

Goodluck Jonathan, David Lyon and the folk-heroes within - TheCable

COVID-19: Now Is The Time For Action – Goodluck Jonathan - Channels Television

Buhari sets record, holds party meeting in State House Council Chambers - Premium Times

Ernest Ebi: Celebrating a Boardroom Guru - THISDAY Newspapers

Ex-Lawmaker challenges Northern Governors on Jonathan's Almajerai school model - Guardian

Of course Goodluck Jonathan is not coming back [Opinion] - Pulse Nigeria

Nuhu Ribadu speaks on defecting from APC to PDP ahead of 2023 - NAIJA.NG

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

Goodluck Jonathan denies receiving N300m, bulletproof cars - P.M. News

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

#BayelsaDecides: APC coasting to victory in Goodluck Jonathan's local government - Premium Times

Goodluck Jonathan: “If you leave office, you should not be persecuted” - Pulse Nigeria

Jonathan attacks ex-US Ambassador John Campbell - Premium Times

Jonathan yet to speak on contesting 2023 presidency – Spokesman - Guardian

It’s vital to succeed in marriage, work –Babalakin - The Punch

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

Support rises for Southern leaders' N50b suit against Buhari - Guardian Nigeria

My brother, Goodluck Jonathan, the change maker, Happy Birthday - Vanguard

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

P&ID: US Court allows Buhari govt access to Goodluck Jonathan, Patience’s bank accounts - Daily Post Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan says David Cameron hated him because he refused to legalise homosexuality - Pulse Nigeria

How Oshiomhole once denounced as untrustworthy man he now wants as governor - Premium Times

PHOTO STORY: Jonathan visits Buhari - Premium Times

PHOTOS: Obasanjo, Jonathan meet in South Korea - Premium Times

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's embattled president - CNN

Aftermath of Attack, Goodluck Jonathan Scampers to Abuja - THISDAY Newspapers

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan: My home was stripped bare - BBC News

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

Tribute to Goodluck Jonathan at 63 - THISDAY Newspapers

Goodluck Jonathan rates governors’ response to COVID-19 - Daily Post Nigeria

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

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

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan to run again in elections - BBC News

Jonathan speaks on 'pressure' to contest in 2023 - Pulse Nigeria

Again, Buhari, Jonathan in closed-door meeting at Aso Rock - Premium Times

Jonathan mourns Karibi-Whyte - Premium Times

MEND Condemns Attack On Ex-President, Jonathan's Bayelsa Home - SaharaReporters.com

Former President Goodluck Jonathan Hails Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala On Her New Appointment In South Africa - The Nigerian Voice

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

#BBCtrending: Goodluck Jonathan reacts to controversial slogan - BBC News

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

Bayelsa poll: Buhari didn't blackmail Jonathan to support APC —Presidency - The Punch

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

Ex-president Jonathan visits Buhari in Aso Rock, declines comments - Guardian

Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan celebrates late boss Yar'Adua - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

2023 presidency: Analysts give reasons Goodluck Jonathan will run again - Daily Post Nigeria

Jonathan congratulates Diri, urges him to unite Bayelsa people - Premium Times

Goodluck Jonathan condoles Gov Wike over aides death - Daily Post Nigeria

Jonathan's N15b almajiri schools rot away - Guardian Nigeria

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

How Buhari asked Jonathan to resign over Boko Haram attacks in 2013 - Pulse Nigeria

Nigerian government to investigate Goodluck Jonathan's universities - Times Higher Education (THE)

Nigeria oil firm overpaid Goodluck Jonathan's government - BBC News

Goodluck Jonathan: The Facebook president - CNN

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

Goodluck Jonathan reacts to death of Togo ex-Prime Minister, Kodjo - Daily Post Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan’s 2020 message to Nigerians - Daily Post Nigeria

BayelsaDecides: I’m disappointed with what I see compare to other countries ― Goodluck Jonathan - Vanguard

‘His loyalty is to Nigeria’ — Omokri speaks on Jonathan hosting APC governors - TheCable

Goodluck Jonathan: By name and nature? - CNN

MEND Emissaries Visit Ex-President, Jonathan, Over Attack On His House, Demand Release Of Okah Brothers - SaharaReporters.com

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