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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

Don't be blinded by power, Jonathan tells politicians - Punch Newspapers

Jonathan warns politicians against undermining democracy - Businessday

Jonathan to politicians: Don't blackmail judiciary when you get power - TheCable

Buhari, Jonathan, Atiku, Tinubu, Obi, Others to Attend ‘Day of Tribute’ for Amechi in Abuja - THISDAY Newspapers

2023: Support Obi/Datti, Wike, G5 Govs told - Vanguard


Nigeria President: Buhari, Obasanjo and oda Heads of State wey don rule di kontri - BBC

Naja’atu Contradicted Herself on Shettima - THISDAY Newspapers

Thanks, Tinubu for not supporting Buhari’s APC - Businessday

Don’t mortgage Nigeria’s unity for personal interests, PDP replies Clark - Vanguard

FACT CHECK: No, oil price wasn't $100 per barrel between 1999 ... - TheCable

MURIC to Adebanjo: Is Presidency the Birthright of Only Southern ... - PR Nigeria

When a nation dances around its problems - Daily Trust

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

PT State of the Race: Enemy or Friend: Tinubu's topsy-turvy ... - Premium Times

To calm the East… - Vanguard

EXCLUSIVE: Inside details of terrorism allegations SSS levelled ... - Premium Times

Common Errors about Nigeria (II) - THISDAY Newspapers

Alleged underage voters: How S’West lost voting strength to N’West - Vanguard

The ‘Soludo alternative’ - Vanguard

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

Nigeria ranks 27th among countries with highest number of prisoners - ICIR

AATF appoints Jonathan brand ambassador - Businessday

Don't vote for 'killers' in 2023 elections - ex-President Jonathan ... - Premium Times

Why Atiku is so popular in Oyo state – Reno Omokri - Vanguard

Fuel scarcity again! Have we not suffered enough? - Guardian Nigeria

Jonathan to Obi: You ‘re first presidential candidate to visit me, keep doing what is right - Vanguard

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

2023: Jonathan remains best choice for Nigerians —Ex-militant group - Vanguard

Goodluck Jonathan is constitutionally qualified to run for presidency - Vanguard

Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan gets ECAM ... - Guardian Nigeria

Why there’s corruption in civil service — Jonathan - Vanguard

Goodluck Jonathan: Quintessential African statesman at 65 - THISDAY Newspapers

Moves to get Jonathan into 2023 presidential race intensify - Daily Trust

2023: Ex-President Jonathan’s men endorse Tinubu, insists on Southern presidency - Vanguard

Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Mike Ogiasa cries for help from kidnappers’ grave - Vanguard

'Incoming vice-president' -- Jonathan declares support for Okowa - TheCable

“The Letterman”, a timeless historical document - Jonathan - Premium Times

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

2023: 'As former president, I'm neutral' — Jonathan - Premium Times

Elections: Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Atiku meet in Abuja ... - Voice of Nigeria

Conflict between incumbent presidents, predecessors not good for ... - TheCable

Asuu strike: How I solve ASUU four months strike in one night- Jonathan - BBC

Attacks on PDP members won’t stop Lagos APC defeat – Chairman - Punch Newspapers

Is President Goodluck Jonathan Qualified To Contest For The Office ... - SaharaReporters.com

2023: Jonathan urges Nigerians to elect credible leaders - Businessday

Jonathan observes Presidential election in Kenya - Vanguard

2023: Court clears Jonathan to run for president - Premium Times

Reps Minority Leader congratulates Goodluck Jonathan at 65 ... - Voice of Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan congratulates Atiku, Tinubu, others - Businessday

'Baseless, strange tale' -- Jonathan denies claim of working with ... - TheCable

Oshiomhole: The legacy Jonathan left, no successor can afford to do ... - TheCable

2023: APC govs gang up against Jonathan - Vanguard

Goodluck Jonathan and APC consensus candidate - Punch Newspapers

Ex-President Jonathan urges politicians to emulate Lar's attributes - Guardian Nigeria


2023 Presidency: Why Niger Delta, Why Goodluck Jonathan? | The ... - Guardian Nigeria

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

2023: The odds favour Goodluck Jonathan - TheCable

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

2023: ‘How Jonathan can be Nigeria’s president again’ - Vanguard

Nigeria: Goodluck back in 2023 presidential race - The East African

Why we didn’t invite Jonathan for questioning – EFCC - Punch Newspapers

2023: What presidential candidates must do now - Daily Trust

Jonathan wants Nigerian govt's arbitration cases held in Nigeria, not ... - Premium Times

Jonathan finally explains why he didn't implement 2014 CONFAB ... - Guardian Nigeria

2023: Why Goodluck Jonathan Cannot Be ‘Lured’ To Be President ... - SaharaReporters.com

Former first lady, Patience Jonathan marks new age - Vanguard

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

2023: Revisiting Jonathan’s transformation agenda - TheCable

Signing of peace accord with Jonathan contributed to peaceful ... - Premium Times

Aliyu Abubakar: EFCC asked me to implicate Jonathan, Adoke in ... - TheCable

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

Fatal Accident: Thank God for sparing Goodluck Jonathan’s life — Wike - Vanguard

2023 Presidency: Women, Youths March With Placards, Call For ... - SaharaReporters.com

Federal civil service tenure policy and calls for abrogation - Vanguard

PDP: Atiku, Tambuwal committed worse anti-party activities than Nnamani – Onoh - Vanguard

Flood: Former President Jonathan’s Community, Palatial Home Submerged - THISDAY Newspapers

Jonathan canvasses constitutional roles for deputy governors ... - Guardian Nigeria

Group hails Jonathan over new appointment, commends Buhari for support - Vanguard

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

Why Jonathan, now? - Vanguard

[Photos] Peter Obi visits Jonathan - Vanguard

Jonathan as interim president - Vanguard

Jonathan ruled for five, not six years, says monarch - Punch Newspapers

There’ll be credible elections in 2023 —Jonathan - Vanguard

FACT CHECK: Jonathan didn’t participate in APC presidential ... - Daily Trust

Tsohon Shugaban Najeriya Goodluck Jonathan Yayi Wata Ganawar ... - Muryar Amurka - VOA Hausa

Stop Pretending, You Once Served As Ex-President Jonathan’s ... - SaharaReporters.com

12 years after, Jonathan pays tribute to former President Yar'adua - Premium Times

2023 Presidential Election: APC wooing Goodluck Jonathan, says PDP - Vanguard

Buhari asked to support Jonathan for presidency in 2023 - TheCable

I abandoned W’Cup final to chair wedding – Jonathan - Punch Newspapers

2023: Former President Jonathan's posters flood Lagos, Abuja - Vanguard

Nigerians React As ‘Goodluck Jonathan Coming Back’ 2023 Poster ... - SaharaReporters.com

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

Jonathan’s men begin mobilisation for Tinubu - Punch Newspapers

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

2023 presidential race: Political group roots for ex-President Jonathan - Vanguard

Senate President felicitates former President Goodluck Jonathan @64 - Vanguard

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