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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

2023: Don’t vote for killers – Jonathan warns Nigerians - Daily Post Nigeria

Tinubu meets Jonathan after Obasanjo’s visit - Punch Newspapers

Goodluck Jonathan, Peter Obi, Atiku react to death of Queen Elizabeth II - Daily Post Nigeria

2023: APC reveals reasons for Tinubu’s visit to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

Nigeria derailing, needs right leaders, says Jonathan - Punch Newspapers

Goodluck Jonathan, Davido react to William Ruto's Supreme Court victory - Daily Post Nigeria

Iwuanyanwu worthy to be celebrated― Goodluck Jonathan - Tribune Online

How Jonathan Was Duped As Vice-President Over Picture Of Yar'Adua Who Was Brain Dead 5 Months Before He Was Brought To Nigeria—Sowore - SaharaReporters.com

Jonathan hails Akwa Ibom leaders over devt stride - Vanguard

Tinubu and Jonathan - Vanguard

How I ended prolonged ASUU strike in one night – Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

Peter Obi visits Goodluck Jonathan - Opinion Nigeria

How Jonathan didn’t sign Confab report – Akinyemi - Punch Newspapers

2023: Vote President Who Won’t Compromise, Goodluck Jonathan Advises Youths - TheNigerialawyer

Nation building: The role of election in a multi-ethnic context - TheCable

Jonathan, Wike's camp absent from Atiku's book launch - Tribune Online

'Obidients' should be living in Obi's Anambra not Lagos – Omokri - The Nation Newspaper

As INEC Blows Whistle for Take-off of 2023 Election Campaign Today… - THISDAY Newspapers

Senate Urges FG to Intervene in Major Roads in Edo state - Nigerian Observer

APC: Amaechi bound to reject membership of Tinubu campaign council – Insider - Daily Post Nigeria

Atiku, Saraki, others betrayed Jonathan, only Wike stood in 2015, Fani-Kayode speaks on PDP crisis - Vanguard

Jonathan, Wike missing as PDP unveils Campaign council in Abuja - Daily Trust

A Bill seeking for Power Rotation suffers set back in Senate - Nigerian Observer

Nigeria: Editors Demand Implementation of FOI Act - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

Nigeria and the dance of death - Punch Newspapers

Atiku-Wike feud: Debunking the “equity and fairness” narrative - Blueprint Newspapers Limited

2023: Buhari should be ready to handover to Atiku in free, fair election-Attah, PDP Chieftain – The Sun Nigeria - Daily Sun

Africa’s Century of Growth? - Phenomenal World

$1.1bn Malabu Oil Deals: Court fixes Dec 12 to rule on statements implicating ex-AGF, Adoke - Pointblank News

Reality check The Nation Newspaper - The Nation Newspaper

Ex-Nigerian President Jonathan dissociates self from 2023 bid - Al Jazeera English

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

Jonathan, Buhari, ASUU and High Jump - THISDAY Newspapers

2023: Justifying Muslim-Muslim candidacy – New Telegraph - New Telegraph Newspaper

Goodluck Jonathan posters appear in northern Nigerian states - Vanguard

SPECIAL REPORT: Health centres in north-east Nigeria in deplorable state despite Buhari's promise - Premium Times

Lokoja flood: 2012 and lessons not learnt - Punch Newspapers

Anyaoku's proposal for restructuring, power devolution — Opinion - Guardian Nigeria

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

2023: Shettima is unfit to be Nigeria’s vice president. Here’s why - Businessday

Ex-President Jonathan Gets International Appointment Amid Controversy Over 2023 Presidency - SaharaReporters.com

Adoji: PDP's Formidable Structure Panacea to Speedy Legislative Impact - - Kogi Reports

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

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


Nigeria: Obasanjo, Okonjo-Iweala, Others Harp On Purpose Driven Leadership - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

Return Of SON To Seaports Unsettles Maritime Stakeholders - Leadership News

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

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

Group congratulates Jonathan on new appointment, commends Buhari for support - Punch Newspapers

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

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

NYPD to Jonathan: Declare now or … - Vanguard

Buhari’s performance record increases Tinubu’s headache - Punch Newspapers

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

UPDATED: Court clears Jonathan to contest presidency - Punch Newspapers

2023: Northern group chooses Jonathan for Presidency - Vanguard

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

Why Jonathan, now? - Vanguard

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

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

Goodluck Jonathan and APC consensus candidate - Punch Newspapers

2023: The odds favour Goodluck Jonathan - TheCable

2023: Group calls on former President Jonathan to contest - Vanguard

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

Shun ‘bread and butter’ politicians, Jonathan tells Nigerians - Punch Newspapers

2023 Presidency: Group mobilizes for Jonathan, says ‘he is best among those that have shown interest’ - Vanguard

S/SOUTH FOR PRESIDENT IN 2023: Jonathan under pressure to speak out - Vanguard

Goodluck Jonathan in meeting with stakeholders over 2023 presidency - Daily Post Nigeria

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

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

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

Finally, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Speaks on 2023 Elections, Shares Stunning Revelations - Legit.ng

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

Experts Blame Elites for Nigeria’s Massive Crude Oil Theft - THISDAY Newspapers

2023: Goodluck Jonathan For President? By Ozodinukwe Okenwa - SaharaReporters.com

2023: Revisiting Jonathan’s transformation agenda - TheCable

2023 presidency: Yoruba elders split over Peter Obi, Tinubu - Vanguard

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

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

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

Jonathan felicitates Buhari at 79 - Vanguard

2023 Presidency: Why Niger Delta, Why Goodluck Jonathan? | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News — Opinion — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News - Guardian Nigeria

Senate President felicitates former President Goodluck Jonathan @64 - Vanguard

Kenya: Ruto Meets Ex-Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan on August Poll Preparedness - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

ASUU: Knocks trail FG’s varsities resumption order - Punch Newspapers

2023: Group asks Jonathan to run under APC - Premium Times

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

Respite for Bayelsa residents as police arrest notorious kidnap kingpin John Lyon - Daily Trust

Jonathan as interim president - Vanguard

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

2023: Pray for Nigeria, Jonathan, SGF, others urge citizens - Punch Newspapers

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

Oyegun opens up on Goodluck Jonathan’s alleged screening by APC committee - Daily Post Nigeria

Museveni Meets Ex-Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan - chimpreports.com

Goodluck Jonathan leads election observation mission to Kenyan elections - Daily Post Nigeria

Mali: Goodluck Jonathan gets UN commendation - P.M. News

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

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

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

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