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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

Former President Jonathan to play role in South Sudan peace deal - Vanguard

Cancer: Jonathan, others seek homegrown solution - Punch Newspapers

Buhari, Jonathan meet behind closed doors - Punch Newspapers

INC congratulates Jonathan, Dikio on appointments - Vanguard

2023: Why Goodluck Jonathan can never be president under our party – APC - Daily Post Nigeria

BREAKING: Nigeria's Ex-President Jonathan Appointed UN Envoy - thewillnigeria

Jonathan office not aware of his appointment as UN Crisis Envoy, says aide - Vanguard

I’m surprised some people oppose electronic voting – Jonathan - Punch Newspapers

Jonathan Canvasses Grassroots Approach To Cancer Control - LEADERSHIP NEWS

Independence Day: Jonathan urges Nigerians to be optimistic - Punch Newspapers

Will a Southern president truly benefit the South? - Vanguard

2023 Presidency: APC’ll destroy you, remain in PDP, Wike tells Jonathan - Punch Newspapers

Disgruntled politicians formed APC to unseat Jonathan –Ebonyi PDP - Punch Newspapers

Jonathan seeks independence for African electoral bodies - Punch Newspapers

Jonathan, Okowa mentioned as PDP presidential prospects as S/East governors lose out - Vanguard

Ensure health infrastructures meet UN provisions, Jonathan urges FG, others - Punch Newspapers

NNPC, marketers inflated imported petrol figures under Buhari, Jonathan – Sanusi - Punch Newspapers

Jonathan Underscores Importance Of Healthcare To National Security - thewillnigeria

Jonathan, Aisha Buhari, Atiku, others for West Africa regional awards - Guardian Nigeria

Amid Defection Rumour, PDP Invites Jonathan To Convention - LEADERSHIP NEWS

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

Working with Obasanjo, Jonathan prepared me for success as President -Okupe - Punch Newspapers

SPECIAL REPORT: Since independence, Nigeria's per capita income highest under Jonathan, Yar'Adua - Premium Times

2023: GEJ'll Return as President, Famous Nigerian Pastor Releases Prophecy, Gives Condition for Fulfillment ▷ Legit.ng - Legit.ng

FG Puts Diezani's Property For Sale - thewillnigeria

EFCC releases ex-Senate President Anyim after spending two days in custody - Lawyer - Premium Times

Obasanjo absent as Buhari, Jonathan, Abdulsalami attend Independence Day event in Abuja - Punch Newspapers

Goodluck Jonathan: If former President Jonathan port from PDP, e go fit contest election, APC assure - BBC News

Meet the donors at the heart of the latest indictment of a member of Congress - POLITICO

Jonathan Congratulates Gowon At 87 – :::…The Tide News Online:::… - The Tide

Former President Jonathan, Sen Grace Bent bag 2021 CLIMA African Award - Vanguard

EFCC grills ex-Senate President Anyim for alleged N750million fraud - Premium Times

'Jeopardy!' Fans Have So Many Mixed Feelings After Seeing Jonathan Fisher Lose - GoodHousekeeping.com

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

UPDATED: Suspected IPOB members attacked 164 police facilities, killed 175 security personnel - Nigerian govt - Premium Times

Former Minister Of Agriculture, Abba Ruma Is Dead - Naija News


Of fortune and virtue: Remembering Anenih's life and times - TheCable

Recent terrorists attacks in Sokoto State – The Sun Nigeria - Daily Sun

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

What lawyers, judges must avoid for legal profession to lead - CJN - Premium Times

Gumi never speaks for victims, he’s only concerned when bandits affected – Omokri - Daily Post Nigeria

Should Anambra continue as an orphan? – Blueprint Newspapers Limited - Blueprint newspapers Limited

2022 Budget: Though far from UNESCO benchmark, Buhari inches towards fulfilling education funding pledge - Premium Times

Ex-president's aide alleges successive Anambra govts wasted N6.5 trn - Guardian

Ex-President Jonathan’s Aide, Olejeme In EFCC Net Over Alleged ₦3bn Fraud - Naija News

NTCA tasks FG on budgetary provision to curtail death associated with smoking - Vanguard

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

A Citizens Guide On How to Become President of Nigeria - THISDAY Newspapers

Jonathan won’t join APC, if he does, I won’t go with him – Reno Omokri - Vanguard

Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated as Ugandan varsity Chancellor - P.M. News

PDP leaders visit Jonathan, beg ex-president to stay - Punch Newspapers

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

International community should make Gumi a pariah, as Buhari won't – Reno Omokri - - The Eagle Online

Goodluck Jonathan back in Bamako as fears grow for Mali transition - Africanews English

ECOWAS delegation visits Mali, seeks assurance on elections - Africanews English


Despite low revenue, Buhari proposes highest amount for Presidential Villa since assuming office - Premium Times

ADC guber candidate, Nwankpo, alleges N6.5tr wastage by successive governments in Anambra - Guardian Nigeria

PDP backs The Economist’s alleged Buhari’s regime incompetence - Punch Newspapers

– Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on ZoningTHISDAYLIVE - THISDAY Newspapers

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

BREAKING: Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan pays homage to Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III [PHOTOS] - Vanguard


Buhari covering up Boko Haram sponsors while setting up Igboho, Nnamdi Kanu – Omokri - Daily Post Nigeria

We are going to national convention as united family — Edo PDP - SundiataPost

I will take over from Buhari in 2023 - Yahaya Bello - Legit.ng

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

Goodluck Jonathan, Akpabio pay homage to Olu of Warri - Vanguard

Nigeria now Africa's vast crime scene under corrupt, lazy Buhari: Economist - Peoples Gazette

2023 and Goodluck Jonathan's fabled luck — Opinion — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News - Guardian

When Bayelsa celebrated 2021 World Tourism Day - New Telegraph Newspaper

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

Museveni Meets Goodluck Jonathan As he Takes Office As Cavendish University Chancellor :: Uganda Radionetwork - Uganda Radio Network

Muffled dissent trails APC, PDP's zoning arrangement ahead 2023 - Guardian Nigeria

Pandora Papers: The secret London properties of Nigeria's elite - Finance Uncovered

PDP leaders meet Jonathan amid alleged defection plan - Premium Times

Jonathan, APC and parable of ‘king’ Elephant - Punch Newspapers

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

Don't rubbish yourself in 2023, PGF DG advises Jonathan - Guardian

How politicians wasted N6.5trn in Anambra within 22 years – ADC candidate - Blueprint newspapers Limited

2023 Presidency: Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in Perspective - The Nigerian Voice

Just In: Prominent PDP Governor Speaks on Defecting to APC, Joining 2023 Presidential Race ▷ Nigeria news - Legit.ng

PDP applauds as ex-president Jonathan gets international appointment - Guardian

Bandits bomb train, NRC's N267m/month revenue, loan repayment threatened - Punch Newspapers

Only South West has properly managed its diversity, says Jonathan - Punch Newspapers

2023: Group knocks Dokpesi over comment on Igbo presidency - Daily Sun

Economic And Financial Crimes Collusion, By Sonala Olumhense - SaharaReporters.com

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

NHRC Urges Police, Others To Locate, Rescue 'Missing' Journalist - The Tide

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

PANDEF demands increase in derivation from 13% to 50% - Vanguard

Jega, the Electoral Act and 2023, By Dakuku Peterside - Premium Times

Jonathan bags African peace award - Premium Times

Presidency’s vehicle budget - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Joining APC’ll diminish your political stature — PGF DG warns Jonathan - Vanguard

Inconvenient truths about Nigeria (1) - Vanguard

– Notes for FileTHISDAYLIVE - THISDAY Newspapers

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

We regret getting rid of Jonathan to elect Buhari, Northern elders lament - Punch Newspapers

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