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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

Betrayal, Sabotage Run In Your DNA, You Betrayed Ex-President Jonathan— IPOB Tackles Edwin Clark For Saying South-South Not Biafra - SaharaReporters.com

Goodluck Jonathan gets international appointment, PDP reacts - Daily Post Nigeria

PDP congratulates Jonathan on ISCP-Africa appointment - P.M. News

PDP congratulates Jonathan on appointment as ISCP-Africa Chair - Vanguard

Goodluck Jonathan: Ex-Nigerian President Bags Juicy International Appointment ▷ Nigeria news - Legit.ng

2023: Malami responds to reported joint ticket with Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

PDP congratulates ex-president Jonathan on appointment as ISCP-Africa Chairman - Punch Newspapers

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

Crowd mob Goodluck Jonathan at Chidoka's birthday bash - Daily Sun

PDP Hails Jonathan On New Job As Chair Of International Peace Agency - thewillnigeria

Goodluck Jonathan Bags International Appointment, PDP Reacts - GH Gossip

2023 and the Jonathan/APC gambit - Vanguard

Why African Leaders must demonstrate interest in finding lasting peace in Ethiopia — Goodluck Jonathan - Vanguard

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

Insecurity: Goodluck Jonathan expresses worry, identifies major cause - Daily Post Nigeria

Jonathan Gets Fresh International Appointment, PDP Reacts - Naija News

Jonathan's 2023 Presidency ticket: APC Secretary has vindicated us - Arewa group – The Sun Nigeria - Daily Sun

How do you want the result, Senator? - Vanguard

Jailing Former Presidents! By Ozodinukwe Okenwa - SaharaReporters.com

Curbing kidnapping and abduction - The Nation Newspaper

Eid-el-Kabir: Be united despite challenges, Jonathan urges Nigerians - Punch Newspapers

Sunday Igboho arrest news: Professor Banji Akintoye, Reno Omokri, kick against extradition and arrest of Yoruba activist Sunday Adeyemo from Cotonou Benin Republic - BBC News

APC Working For Jonathan’s Presidential Ticket – Arewa Group - LEADERSHIP NEWS

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

"A Good Man You All Teamed Up To Destroy With Propaganda" - Bauchi Governor's Son Reacts To Shehu Sani's Post On Goodluck Jonathan - GH Gossip

– How Akachukwu Nwankpo Typifies Next Anambra GovernorTHISDAYLIVE - THISDAY Newspapers

Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, MRA laud Gambia's legislature for passing Access to Information Bill - - The Eagle Online

The Paradox Of Buhari Nigeria: If Nakedness Promises One Clothe, Ask It What Is It Called? By Okai Austin Usman - SaharaReporters.com

PDP congratulates Jonathan on ISCP-Africa chair appointment - Blueprint newspapers Limited

Watch Your Tongue, IPOB Threatens Ex-Presidential Aide, Abati Over Allegation Drug Peddler Sponsors Group - SaharaReporters.com

Nigeria’s ungoverned spaces and state actors’ toxic counsel - Vanguard

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

Gunmen abduct mother of Bayelsa SSG - TheCable

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

Despite huge loans disbursement, food crisis bites harder - Guardian

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

Mali interim leader 'safe' after assassination attempt | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News — World — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News - Guardian Nigeria

Why Nigerian universities can’t attract foreign students, lecturers – ASUU President - Guardian

Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Friday morning - Daily Post Nigeria

Mercenaries to the rescue? - The Nation Newspaper

Nigeria's ambitious new maritime security project must avoid old traps - The Conversation CA

Anambra poll will redefine position of ADC ― Nwosu - Vanguard

Did your mother ever see bundle of naira notes in her lifetime – Reuben Abati asks Obi Cubana - Daily Post Nigeria

Obi Cubana: Reno Omokri reveals secret behind money rain - Daily Post Nigeria

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Chancellor of Ugandan university - Internatinal Centre For Investigative Reporting

Mali's president and prime minister resign following military takeover - Euronews

2023: Anxiety in PDP As APC Reportedly Woos Jonathan With Presidential Ticket ▷ Legit.ng - Legit.ng

2023 and Goodluck Jonathan's fabled luck — Opinion - Guardian

2023 presidency: North’s four-year claim after Buhari can’t stand – Afenifere - Daily Post Nigeria

PDP leaders meet Jonathan amid alleged defection plan - Premium Times - Premium Times

Mali: Former Nigerian President Jonathan’s mediation flounders - The Africa Report

Disregard prophet urging Christians to stop attending churches – Reno Omokri - Vanguard

Goodluck Jonathan: Economic Communality of West African States want Nigeria former President to bring peace to Mali - BBC News

Israel vs Palestine: Goodluck Jonathan list solutions to Israel and Palestine conflict - BBC News

EXCLUSIVE: UK reviews policy for Nigerian asylum seekers to 'favour' LGBTI, women -- but silent on IPOB members - TheCable

No plan to field Jonathan in 2023 — APC - Vanguard

JUST IN: APC governors visit Goodluck Jonathan - Vanguard

Arrest: Omokri calls on Afenifere, others to ‘start fundraiser for Sunday Igboho’ - Daily Post Nigeria

Analysis: Goodluck Jonathan and the 2023 presidency - P.M. News

ECOWAS mediator for Mali, Goodluck Jonathan, arrives in Bamako - Vanguard

11 years on: We wanted a peaceful, united nation, Goodluck Jonathan pays tribute to former president Yar’Adua - Vanguard

Politics shouldn't be seen as war – Jonathan - Premium Times

Jonathan commiserates with Chadians over death of President Derby - Vanguard

How Jonathan Saved $3.5bn From Pensions, Oil Subsidy Fraud - Okonjo-Iweala — Economic Confidential - Economic Confidential

Goodluck Jonathan Foundation partners AU to promote democracy in Africa - Vanguard

2023 Presidency: Southeast, north and meritocracy — Opinion — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News - Guardian

Jonathan bags African peace award - Premium Times - Premium Times - Premium Times

Breaking: 100 Captives Rescued after 40 Days with Kidnappers in Northern State ▷ Nigeria news - Legit.ng

Why restructuring of Nigeria won't work - Jonathan - Premium Times - Premium Times

We're Not Taking Mandate Of Rivers People For Granted, Wike Insists - The Tide

Goodluck Jonathan gets another international appointment - Daily Post Nigeria

Former Nigerian president named special envoy to Mali - Anadolu Agency

Ex-President Jonathan says he won't use political power to punish people - Premium Times

Herdsmen crisis in Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan home state of Bayelsa give Fulani cattle breeders 14 days quit notice? - BBC News

That commentary on Goodluck Jonathan - Vanguard

Jonathan refuses to rule out 2023 presidential run - Premium Times - Premium Times

The Ebeano supermarket fire and Abuja's development challenges - TheCable

Jonathan not interested in 2023 presidency - Pulse Nigeria

Insecurity: Let us apologise to Goodluck Jonathan now – Bamgbose tells Nigerians - Daily Post Nigeria

Premium times: Jonathan updates Buhari on political developments in The Gambia - Premium Times

I’m still in PDP — Jonathan - Vanguard

Goodluck Jonathan commiserates with Chadians over death of President Deby - Vanguard

Leadership should be selfless to be meaningful ― President Jonathan - Vanguard

TB Joshua served God, humanity with passion – Goodluck Jonathan mourns - Daily Post Nigeria

Entertainer celebrates Goodluck Jonathan after Buhari’s speech - Vanguard

Power shift: 'Opposition to Southern presidency widening fault lines' - Guardian

As insecurity, corruption threaten Nigeria under a general’s watch - Punch Newspapers

I resisted nepotism in my appointments as president, Jonathan clarifies - Guardian Nigeria

Book Review - An Open Letter to Goodluck Jonathan - Proshare Nigeria Limited

Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning - Daily Post Nigeria

'Sacking Sanusi isn't punishment?' -- reactions to Jonathan's comment on abuse of power - TheCable

‘A bright star is gone’ – Goodluck Jonathan reacts to death of Tanzanian President, Magufuli - Daily Post Nigeria

Thank you, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan! - Guardian

How to solve Israel, Palestine conflict —Goodluck Jonathan - Punch Newspapers

2023: Dr Goodluck Jonathan not qualified to contest - TheCable

Again, Jonathan reacts to US election, says nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of any citizen - Vanguard

Singer J Martins begs former President Goodluck Jonathan to forgive Nigerians - Pulse Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan reacts to ongoing war between Israel, Palestine, urges immediate ceasefire - Daily Post Nigeria

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

Some People Forgot I Even Exist After Leaving Office, Goodluck Jonathan Says - SaharaReporters.com

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