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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

Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan's daughter gives birth to another child - Legit

Former President Goodluck Jonathan's Daughter, Faith Edward And Husband Welcome Another Child In US (PHOTOS) - GH Gossip

Jonathan, Lumumba, others speak at Osasu show symposium (LIVE UPDATES) - Premium Times

Dear Femi: The Facts Speak for Themselves - THISDAY Newspapers

Fuel price hike in Nigeria, electricity tariffs, inflation, Naira-USD exchange rate dey make Nigerians remember Jonathan goment - BBC News

MALI : Goodluck Jonathan's mediator days may be numbered - Africa Intelligence

Jonathan: Any society where thugs become role models will fail - TheCable

Ex-Nigerian president Jonathan leads ECOWAS mediation team to Mali - cgtn.com

West African envoys suspend talks with Mali's military junta - Thehour.com

Buhari Inherited Terribly Divided Country From Jonathan, Presidency Replies Soyinka - SaharaReporters.com

How Goodluck Jonathan helped Eaglets avoid humiliating defeat in 2009– Obuh - The Punch

Jonathan was more serious in agriculture than present administration –Yau Dansadau, Zamfara farmer - Daily Sun

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

West Africa tells Mali's junta to install interim government - Your Valley

Benin monarch to Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu: Emulate Goodluck Jonathan - Blueprint newspapers Limited

Unending lamentation over East-West road – The Sun Nigeria - Daily Sun

Nigeria: Wrong Time for PMs, Electricity Price Hikes (I) - AllAfrica.com

Deregulation: Nigeria's economy will go under if Buhari buckles - Daily Sun


Former Nigerian president named special envoy to Mali - Anadolu Agency

The Quest for Implementable Development Framework - THISDAY Newspapers

Edo results: Obaseki winning, godfatherism shamed – Omokri mocks Tinubu, Oshiomhole - Daily Post Nigeria

Mali: The junta reveals its ambition to appoint a military president for the transition - The North Africa Post

Would you buy a house if it was on fire? - Guardian

Akanu Ibiam Airport’s Expansion: Ugwuanyi’s Galvanizing Role - THISDAY Newspapers

How I, Apostle Suleman influenced Daddy freeze to stop attacking pastors – Reno Omokri - Vanguard

Trump overturned a Nigeria arms embargo imposed by Obama - AFP Factcheck

Jonathan Mourns Prof. Kimse Okoko - thewillnigeria

Soyinka, Anyaoku, Nwabueze, others urge Buhari to adopt PRONACO's constitution proposal - Guardian

ECOWAS persists and signs: no transitional military president in Mali - The North Africa Post

"My President, My First Wife And Mother Of My First Child" - FFK Praises His Ex-wife And Goodluck Jonathan - GH Gossip

New Report Seeks Repeal, Re-enactment of Cybercrime Act 2015 - THISDAY Newspapers

Obasanjo, Buhari and the Impunity of Nepotism - THISDAY Newspapers

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

Presidency replies Obasanjo, says ex-president is 'lowly divider-in-chief' - Guardian

Wrong time for PMS, electricity price hikes (1) - Vanguard

As Edo goes to the polls - TheCable

Goodluck Jonathan’s Mali mediation shuttles between government and opposition - RFI English

Ferrari: Your father is not less than Femi Otedola, Reno Omokri blows hot - Vanguard

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

Update: Buhari names railway complex after Goodluck Jonathan - Nairametrics

Goodluck Jonathan: Crisis manager of the century - Guardian

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

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

How Ex-Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, Got University Student Who Created Parody Twitter Account In His Name Detained For 54 Days - SaharaReporters.com

Demonstrations Do Not Solve Problems, People Could Die, Goodluck Jonathan Says, Urges Mali Protesters To Embrace Dialogue - SaharaReporters.com

West Africa: ECOWAS Gives Deadline for Power Handover - AllAfrica.com

AfDB: Obasanjo hails Buhari over position on Adesina - Vanguard

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

Why I'm stepping away from active politics - Jonathan - Premium Times

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

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

Again, President Buhari Receives Briefing From Goodluck Jonathan On Mali Crisis - SaharaReporters.com

Jonathan attacks ex-US Ambassador John Campbell - Premium Times

How I Was Detained For 84 Days For Making A Comment About Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan And His Wife With A Twitter Parody Account —Babatunde Olusola - SaharaReporters.com

Huriwa Backs Usa/uk Visa Ban On Election Riggers In Nigeria: - The Nigerian Voice

How APC, PDP May Fare as Edo Decides - THISDAY Newspapers

Message to Goodluck Jonathan: Assassins’ll attempt your life this year but’ll fail — Prophet Serimoedumu - Vanguard

ThrowBack: Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to troubled Baga (VIDEO) - Vanguard

BREAKING: Again, President Buhari Meets Goodluck Jonathan In Aso Rock - SaharaReporters.com

Nigeria: How APC, PDP May Fare As Edo Decides - AllAfrica.com

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

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

Consolidating gains of one decade of local content developmentSaturday Magazine - Guardian

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

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

Jonathan returns to Mali with Buhari, Akuffo-Addo, two other presidents - Premium Times

Igbinedion varsity names college after Goodluck Jonathan - Guardian

Lawyer Debunks Rumour That Student Detained Over Goodluck Jonathan's Parody Twitter Account Had Been Released - SaharaReporters.com

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

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

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

Cry not for the North - Guardian

Mali: Goodluck Jonathan satisfied with his meeting with the religious Haidara Bouyé - Medafrica Times

Betting With Your Best Isn't Always the Best Bet, By Banji Ojewale - Premium Times

Ex-President Jonathan denies receiving N300m, bulletproof cars from... - Premium Times

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

Ex-President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan Appointed Chairperson Advisory Board Tingo International - Proshare Nigeria Limited

Jonathan debunks claim he sacked Reno Omokri - Vanguard

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

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

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

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

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's embattled president - CNN

New York Judge Orders 10 United States Banks To Release Documents Relating To Money Laundering Allegations Against Ex-President Jonathan, Wife - SaharaReporters.com

Edo governorship election: Fear of rigging rises - Vanguard

PHOTO STORY: Jonathan visits Buhari - Premium Times

Goodluck Jonathan writes tribute to Tolulope Arotile - Daily Post Nigeria

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

President Goodluck Jonathan defies critics ahead of Nigeria polls - Financial Times

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

Goodluck Jonathan remembers Yar’Adua - Daily Post Nigeria

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

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

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

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

Student detained 54 days for creating parody Twitter account of Jonathan - The Punch

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

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

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

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