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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

What Goodluck Jonathan told me about Buhari - Reno Omokri reveals - Daily Post Nigeria

Easter: Goodluck Jonathan sends message to Nigerians - Daily Post Nigeria

Don’t give up on Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan begs - Vanguard

Nigeria plagued by ethnic and religious violence as attacks on Christians rise - Fox News

Goodluck Jonathan appoints Akachukwu Nwankpo as personal envoy - Daily Post Nigeria

EFCC detains Jonathan's associate King Turner over N240 million UBEC contracts ▷ Nigeria news - Legit.ng

Happy Family! Lovely photos of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s daughter, hubby and children - Within Nigeria

In Rare Moment Of Praise, Omokri Thanks Buhari For Signing N30,000 Minimum Wage Bill - SaharaReporters.com

With Buhari's Handling Of Security, Were Nigerians Too Hard On Jonathan? By Fredrick Nwabufo - SaharaReporters.com

Read Goodluck Jonathan's Touching Message To Nigerians for Eastr 2019 – Plus TV Africa - Nigerian Bulletin

Jonathan Appoints Ex-Anambra Governorship Aspirant As His Personal Envoy - SaharaReporters.com

Herdsmen attack: Buhari behaved exactly like Jonathan – Soyinka - Vanguard

'APC Will Lose 2023 Election If It Disrespects Zoning Of Presidential Ticket To The South-West' - SaharaReporters.com

Nigeria: At Last the 'Oracles' Broke Overdue Silence - AllAfrica.com

If the north holds on to power - The Punch

Nigeria: '55 People Shared U.S.$3.6 Million During Jonathan Administration' - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

Jonathan mourns Okara - The Punch

Atiku’s citizenship: Why Jonathan, PDP should be blamed - Ajulo - Daily Post Nigeria

’55 Nigerians Shared N1.3 Billion In Goodluck Jonathan’s Regime’ – Lai Mohammed - Within Nigeria

Former Director General of Nigeria's National Intelligence Agency Arrested - Council on Foreign Relations

At last the ‘oracles’ broke overdue silence - Guardian

Saraki in the eyes of Buhari’s group - News Agency of Nigeria

This video of Nigeria's Nasir El-Rufai? It's from 2013. He's not talking about the Zamfara killings - AFP Factcheck

Jonathan, Tinubu’s alliance wrecked Lagos PDP - Ogunlewe - Legit.ng

Nigeria has become dangerous for Christians, Shiites – Omokri - P.M. News

When Bill Gates calls - The Punch

Goodluck Jonathan’s daughter, Faith marks fifth wedding anniversary with gorgeous family photos - Kemi Filani News

Jonathan's Cousin Azibaola To Know Fate On $40m Fraud Two Days Before Presidential Inauguration - SaharaReporters.com

N1.3trn looted funds: Magu lied to Nigerians - Jonathan reacts to allegation - Legit.ng

Ebola would have been a bigger disaster for Nigeria if Sawyer had reached a church for healing –Chukwu, former - The Punch

I’ll probe Abubakar’s regime –Bauchi gov-elect, Bala Mohammed - The Punch

Capacity Development: Building Institutions and Beyond - International Monetary Fund

New Analysis Shows Shell And Eni Used Nigeria's Share Of Oil To Fund Alleged Billion Dollar Bribery Scheme - Exchange News Direct

NIGERIA: Air pollution due to fuel subsidies remains a concern - AFRIK 21

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

Peaceful elections will bring meaningful development to Africa — Jonathan - The Eagle Online

What Former President Jonathan Said About Notre Dame Fire Incident - Concise News

New Minimum Wage; New Work Ethics By Emmanuel Onwubiko - SaharaReporters.com

EXCLUSIVE: Documents show how Lai Mohammed approved N2.5 billion 'fraudulent payment' - Premium Times

Adoke: I Can’t Be Held Liable for Executing Jonathan’s Order - THISDAY Newspapers

Jonathan’s aide, Omokri reacts after Omotola said Nigeria 'hellish' under Buhari - Daily Post Nigeria

Court Adjourns Okupe’s Trial to April 16 - THISDAY Newspapers

Group Urges FG to Address Disparity in Retirees’ Benefits - THISDAY Newspapers

NIWA: The burden of unfulfilled mandate - Ships&Ports

Court begins hearing Atiku's election case - The Africa Report

Buhari paid ransom to Boko Haram for Chibok girls' release – Jonathan’s ex-aide, Omokri - Daily Post Nigeria

We aired Okupe’s programme, Insight, free of charge, ex-NTA DG reveals - The Punch

Nigeria's Energy Future Challenged By Weak Rule Of Law - Forbes

‎If Nigeria has too many doctors, why did Buhari spend 6-months in UK clinic, Reno Omokri asks Ngige - Ripples Nigeria

EFCC Witness Reveals How His Boss Told Him To Release N500m To Ex-PDP Chairman Faboyede - SaharaReporters.com

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

Has the political end come for Rotimi Amaechi? - The Africa Report

Nigeria'll break up if not restructured in 10 years - Adebanjo - Legit.ng

Adoke’s lawyer: My client can’t be held liable for executing Jonathan’s order - TheCable

FG deliberately abandoning railway contract in south-east, south-south - Igbo group - Legit.ng

The Danger In Buhari's Totalitarian Patronage Model - P.M. News

PDP faults Tinubu for seeking reviews of power privatisation - The Punch

Bayelsa 2020: Shape of things to come - Guardian

Pulse Explainer: This is why EFCC says it will "arrest ex Ministers anywhere they are found” - Pulse Nigeria

Tempers 'Run Very High' Between Dokpesi And Nigeria Immigration Service - SaharaReporters.com

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

Nigeria is still failing the Chibok girls - The Africa Report

Reno Omokri blasts Keyamo for saying Buhari doesn't need certificate to rule - P.M. News

Buhari Urged To Actualise Jonathan's Almajiri Integration Initiative - SaharaReporters.com

JPMorgan’s Role in Nigerian Oil Deal Has Come Back to Haunt It - The New York Times

Osun Guber Poll: Appeal Court Begins Hearing of Oyetola, APC’s Case April 24 - THISDAY Newspapers

“55 Nigerians Shared N1.3 Billion In Goodluck Jonathan's Regime” – Lai Mohammed - Wetinhappen Magazine

Why Buhari is a liar - Jonathan's ex-aide, Omokri - Daily Post Nigeria

Alleged $40m fraud: Court to decide Jonathan’s cousin fate May 27 - The Nation Newspaper

BREAKING: PDP's Fintiri Unseats Incumbent APC Governor Bindow In Adamawa - SaharaReporters.com

How Buhari made Nigeria poverty capital - Omokri alleges - Daily Post Nigeria

NAICOM Boss, Kari, Invited By CCB Over Non Declaration Of Assets - SaharaReporters.com

EFCC Knows I Didn't Spend Kwara Election Funds, Says Belgore - SaharaReporters.com

How workers under Goodluck Jonathan’s SURE-P were laid off via text messages – Witness - Daily Nigerian News

Nigeria's college graduates beat unemployment - Anadolu Agency

Calm after storm over billions traced to Patience Jonathan - Vanguard

Unpacking the 2019 Elections - THISDAY Newspapers

FG to begin payment of N10.3 bn debt to Agro-dealers this week - P.M. News

Much ado about Tinubu and 2023 political orchestra - Guardian Nigeria

Looking Forward to Bayelsa’s Governorship Battle - THISDAY Newspapers

Senate passes petroleum bill, six others rejected by Buhari - The Punch

Reptiles, Thieves Compound Flooding Woes In Goodluck Jonathan's Hometown - SaharaReporters.com

How Nigerian Govt Officials Re-Looted 'Nearly $900m' Of Abacha Loot Through JPMorgan Chase - SaharaReporters.com

You have shown good leadership, Jonathan tells Dankwambo - Vanguard

How Corruption, Bad Governance Helped Make Nigeria Poverty Capital Of The World By Banjo Damilola - SaharaReporters.com

Buhari, Jonathan, Atiku and I (2) - Vanguard

Alleged fraud cases: Governors-elect saved from prosecution until 2023 - The Punch

New judge to hear Patience Jonathan’s suit against EFCC - The Nation Newspaper

Jonathan appoints Nze Nwankpo as Personal Envoy - Vanguard

Gani Adams to Femi Adesina: Tell Buhari Nigerians are hungry - The Punch

Seidu Agongo writes: Ghana can only grow when we empower our own - Myjoyonline.com

How Obama plotted my defeat in 2015 — Goodluck Jonathan - Premium Times

Jonathan Mourns Demise Of Poet Gabriel Okara - Concise News

Time has proven Goodluck Jonathan was indeed incompetent - Obasanjo - GhanaWeb

CCB invites NAICOM CEO, others over non-declaration of assets - The Punch

Emulate Goodluck Jonathan's example – Ex-envoy tells Mahama - GhanaWeb

El-Rufai Reminded Of 'Body Bags' Threat After Killing Of British... - The Whistler NG

Nigeria’s sluggish economy in web of subsidy conundrum - Guardian Nigeria

Nigerian man eulogises Goodluck Jonathan, says ex-president a hero - Legit.ng

Mahama joins ex-Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan launch book - GhanaWeb

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