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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

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

Goodluck Jonathan Should Tender Unreserved Apology To Nigerians Over Chibok Girls -Muslim Rights Concern - SaharaReporters.com

Bauchi governor clears air over 'after God, it's Goodluck Jonathan' comment - Daily Trust

Jonathan keeps mum after meeting Buhari - The Punch

Gwamnan Bauchi ya yi karin haske akan furucinsa na cewa daga Allah sai Jonathan - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

2023 Presidency: Why Goodluck Jonathan will lose if he contests - Qwenu!

Sule Lamido reveals what Jonathan discussed with Buhari - Pulse Nigeria

Democracy Beyond Periodic Elections, Says Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan - SaharaReporters.com

ANALYSIS: In Bayelsa politics, is Dickson pushing Jonathan out of relevance? - Premium Times

Former Nigerian president leads AU mission to observe Mozambique's upcoming election - Xinhua | English.news.cn - Xinhua

The Post-Presidential Legacy of Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan - Council on Foreign Relations

Sahara Reporters founder Sowore remains detained in Nigeria - TechCrunch

Between Goodluck Jonathan and David Cameron’s ‘For the Record’ - The Nigerian Voice

2023 presidency: What if ex-President Goodluck Jonathan decides to contest - Qwenu!

Of Jonathan, insults and weak presidents - The Punch


Nigeria, South Africa's relationship: apartheid to xenophobia - Quartz Africa

We have kept faith in the strength of our unity - Goodluck Jonathan - Legit.ng

Mozambique votes in tense elections - Anadolu Agency


Dasukigate: Goodluck Jonathan must appear in court – Metuh insists - Daily Post Nigeria

After God is President Jonathan – Bauchi gov, Bala Mohammed - Daily Post Nigeria

The Never-Ending $1.1 Billion Oil Scandal: Why A U.K. Court Is Letting Nigeria Sue JPMorgan Chase - Fortune

Jonathan To Lead African Union’s Election Observer Mission To Mozambique - Information Nigeria

2023: PDP BoT banks on Jonathan, Saraki, Wike - The Punch

Goodluck Jonathan Nominated To Lead AU Election Observation Mission To Mozambique - Culture Custodian

Nigeria: In Bayelsa Politics, Is Dickson Pushing Jonathan Out of Relevance? - AllAfrica.com

PDP to APC: Your insult on Jonathan misdirected - The Nation Newspaper

What I’m sure Jonathan told Buhari behind closed-door – Lamido - Daily Post Nigeria

2020 budget: Entitlements of Obasanjo, IBB, Jonathan, entitlements to gulp N2.3 billion - The Nation Newspaper

Why Soyinka should be blamed for poor state of Nigeria’s education – Omokri - Daily Post Nigeria

Group Queries Oduah, Chidoka, Others Over Closure Of Enugu Airport - SaharaReporters.com

Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan's grandson celebrates first birthday party (photos) - YEN.COM.GH

Jonathan, AU officials arrive Mozambique for election observation - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

This is why Sanwo-Olu can't blame Ambode for the kind of Lagos he inherited - Pulse Nigeria

Bayelsa Governorship: Dickson didn’t reject Jonathan’s advice – Official - Premium Times

Bayelsa/Kogi polls: PDP moves to appease Jonathan, Idris - The Nation Newspaper

Jonathan Visits Buhari in Aso Rock - THISDAY Newspapers

Inside Buhari’s Presidential Villa of scuffles - The Punch

Jonathan rouses sleeping giant again - The Nation Newspaper


Jonathan leads AU Election Observer Mission to Mozambique - Premium Times

Nigeria ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on 'Obama interference' in 2015 election bid - BBC News

Ex-Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, oil minister accused of taking bribes - Africanews in English

Niger President, others praise Jonathan as good example for African democracy - Premium Times

No, Nigerian ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has not quit the opposition PDP - AFP Factcheck

Aisha vs Daura: Omokri reacts to conflict in Aso Rock - Daily Post Nigeria

My biggest legacy is leaving Nigeria with an improved electoral system, says Jonathan - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

2023: Jonathan’s ex-aide, Omokri reacts as Yoruba elders urge Buhari to warn El-Rufai - Daily Post Nigeria

REPORT: Jonathan, Buhari govts spent N1.164 trillion on power in 8 years - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

NIMC plans to generate N328bn every five years from e-ID card renewal and Nigerians are outraged - Internatinal Centre For Investigative Reporting

Recalibrating Maritime Governance in Nigeria - P.M. News

Uganda: 'Kill the Gays' Law Imposing Death Penalty on Homosexuals - Patheos

Buhari, please publish your assets (sold) - Daily Trust

FG suspends Jonathan's national automotive policy - Ships&Ports

As South-East leaders meet Buhari - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Kogi: Buhari under attack over approval of N10bn for Yahaya Bello’s state - Daily Post Nigeria

SA had no jurisdiction to try me for bombings, says convicted Nigerian terrorist Henry Okah - News24

What Goodluck Jonathan taught me about postponing elections in Nigeria - Mail and Guardian

Fact check: Is Buhari really marrying another wife? - Guardian Nigeria

What Jonathan told me about Sowore’s detention by Buhari govt – Reno Omokri - Daily Post Nigeria

Going, going, gone: African dictators losing luxury lifestyle amid money laundering crackdown - The Telegraph

Security more important than rule of law, human rights — Nigeria’s Customs chief - Premium Times

Election Observers Head Goodluck Jonathan gives update on SA's national elections - CNBCAfrica.com

Nigeria says ex-president and his oil minister took bribes: court filing - Reuters

Without A New Constitution, Nigeria Will Be Burning In Five Years, Says Clarke - Channels Television

Buhari, Jonathan Lack Education On How To Lead Nigeria: Gumi - Information Nigeria

NMA recommends counselling for Bobrisky, others - The Punch

Opinion: Ali Ndume and his 847 soldiers' graves claim by Hassan Biu - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Politics23 hours ago 2023 presidency divide North, South - New Telegraph Newspaper

A Look Back at the Turbulent Relationship Between Nigeria and South Africa - SAPeople News

Boko Haram: Where Are the Borno Elders Now? - THISDAY Newspapers

Goodluck Jonathan gets new appointment - P.M. News

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

EISA's Goodluck Jonathan gives #Elections2019 a thumbs up - IOL

Sowore: Pray For Him, Help Him If You Can: Jonathan Tells Omokri - Information Nigeria

Nigeria: The Call for a National War On Poverty - AllAfrica.com

Defection of 10 Out of 3,000 Appointees Insignificant, Says Dickson - THISDAY Newspapers

Goodluck Jonathan loses valuables to insider thieves - P.M. News

The Legacy of Nigeria's 1999 Transition to Democracy - Council on Foreign Relations

Buhari extends nephew’s tenure as CPSO by three years - The Punch

Forget rule of law, human rights where security matters are concerned - Customs boss - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG


Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's embattled president - CNN

New minimum wage: Drowning in the sea of FG’s proposed taxes - The Punch

Osinbajo: Don’t run when no one pursues - TheCable

Jonathan says insecurity getting worse under Buhari - Pulse Nigeria

Ethiopian PM bags Nobel Peace Prize, Buhari, what legacy will you leave behind? - TheCable

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

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's ex-President, ordered to testify in corruption trial - DW (English)

Goodluck Jonathan’s journey to Nigeria’s presidency is also a story of how he lost it - Quartz

Goodluck Jonathan Is Not An Igbo Hero, He Is A Phenakistoscope By Churchill Okonkwo - SaharaReporters.com

Goodluck Jonathan says he has not resigned from PDP - Pulse Nigeria

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

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

BREAKING: Court Acquits Goodluck Jonathan's Brother Of $40m Fraud - SaharaReporters.com

Goodluck Jonathan sues for peace, urges voters to resist vote buying - Pulse Nigeria

Nigeria: Muhammadu Buhari Targets Goodluck Jonathan in War of Words Over Corruption, Boko Haram - Newsweek

Re: Danagogo, 2014 World Cup, $3.6 million bonus row - SCORE NIGERIA

Goodluck Jonathan gets another international appointment - Legit.ng

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