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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

Lamido Sanusi: A Man of Nigeria's Past and Possibly Its Future - Council on Foreign Relations

Goodluck Jonathan denies receiving N300m, bulletproof cars - P.M. News

Coronavirus: Goodluck Jonathan Foundation makes donations to IDP Camps - P.M. News

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

Jonathan Foundation donates to IDP Camps - Guardian

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

Goodluck Jonathan hails Tinubu at 68 - Daily Post Nigeria

Anti-'Boo-hari' tweet by Iranian topples coronavirus on Nigeria Twitter trends - Africanews English

Former President Goodluck Jonathan Hails Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala On Her New Appointment In South Africa - The Nigerian Voice

Jonathan Denies Receiving N300m, Bulletproof Cars from Sacked Bayelsa Gov-elect - THISDAY Newspapers

Sanusi paying price for calling Goodluck Jonathan ‘corrupt’ – Eedris Abdulkareem - Daily Post Nigeria

Coronavirus: Reno Omokri defends Nigerian govt for begging for ventilators - Daily Post Nigeria

Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan publicly accepts apology of a Nigerian writer and staunch Buhari supporter who wrote a damning article against him- LIB - Nigerian Bulletin

Lokpobiri Continues the Battle for Justice - THISDAY Newspapers

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

COVID-19: Rather Than Show Support, Nigerians Are Engaging In Meaningless Criticism – The Week In Quotes - Channels Television

Buhari: An Illiterate Jubril? By Ozodinukwe Okenwa - SaharaReporters.com

Nigeria News Today - Goodluck Jonathan Accepts Heartfelt Apology From Buhari Super Fan - Nigerian Bulletin

This day in history | Lifestyles - Greensboro News & Record

Today in History | Lifestyle | gloucestertimes.com - Gloucester Daily Times

RE: The contradictions in Mallam Nasir El-Rufai by Emmanuel Aziken- A Rejoinder - Vanguard

My Dear President Muhammadu Buhari - THISDAY Newspapers

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

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

Medical doctors as guinea pigsOpinion - Guardian

Bala Mohammed: Leadership In A Period Of Crisis - Leadership Newspaper

Covid-19 lockdown: Apostle Suleman, Omokri, Imam of Peace assist poor Nigerians - Vanguard

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

Neymar secretly donates $1.5m to UNICEF to help fight against coronavirus - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Reps probing of refineries’ TAM scam - The Punch

The Nigerian Military vs Enemies Of Progress - Leadership Newspaper

Anxiety, panic as Coronavirus patients escape from Osun isolation centre  - SundiataPost

Pantami And Ministerial Arrogancy By Emmanuel John - SaharaReporters.com

#BayelsaDecides: APC coasting to victory in Goodluck Jonathan's local government - Premium Times

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

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

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

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

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

Tribute to Goodluck Jonathan at 63 - THISDAY Newspapers

Graphic Photos Of Man Attacked By Flesh-Eating Bug In His Garden - SundiataPost

The National Mosque Still Stands - Leadership Newspaper

Goodluck Jonathan says David Cameron hated him because he refused to legalise homosexuality - Pulse Nigeria


COVID- 19: Clergy blames pandemic on sins of mankind - Vanguard

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan concedes, saving his legacy, and his country from chaos - Quartz

Apostle Suleman Releases Fresh Prophecy For April - Naija News | Nigeria News Today & Breaking News 24/7

MEND Condemns Attack On Ex-President, Jonathan's Bayelsa Home - SaharaReporters.com

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's embattled president - CNN International

I was never under pressure to contest 2023 Presidency – Jonathan - The Punch

Buhari at 77: What Goodluck Jonathan told president on his birthday - Daily Post Nigeria

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


Before PDP blames Goodluck Jonathan for its defeat in Bayelsa - Qwenu!

Again, Jonathan meet Buhari in Aso RockNigeria - Guardian

I never said I was under pressure to contest 2023 presidency – Jonathan - The Punch

Between Goodluck Jonathan and David Cameron’s ‘For the Record’ - TheCable

2023 presidency: Analysts give reasons Goodluck Jonathan will run again - Daily Post Nigeria

Bayelsa poll: Buhari didn’t blackmail Jonathan to support APC —Presidency - The Punch

Goodluck Jonathan voted, says ‘ I’m disappointed’ - Daily Post Nigeria

PHOTOS: Obasanjo, Jonathan meet in South Korea - Premium Times

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

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

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

Bayelsa decides: Goodluck Jonathan congratulates Lyon - Daily Post Nigeria

Ex-president Jonathan visits Buhari in Aso Rock, declines comments - Guardian

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

Bayelsa election: Goodluck Jonathan opens up on ‘working for APC’, attacks Sule Lamido - Daily Post Nigeria

Nigeria's Former President Goodluck Jonathan Wants You to Know He Does Not Have 36 Televisions - Newsweek

President Buhari sends message to Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan’s 2020 message to Nigerians - Daily Post Nigeria

Ibrahim Oboshi: Councillor marries 2 women on the same day in Nasarawa - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Insecurity: Why I’m still traumatized, worried for Nigerians – Former President, Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

I was misquoted on 'after God is Goodluck Jonathan' comment - Bauchi gov - Daily Trust

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

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

Of Jonathan, insults and weak presidents - The Punch

Goodluck Jonathan gets new appointment - P.M. News

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

Bayelsa: Goodluck Jonathan speaks on Diri’s victory, Lyon’s sack - Daily Post Nigeria

5 Things that Should Matter Today: Goodluck Jonathan speaks on contesting in 2023 Presidential election - YNaija

Goodluck Jonathan sends message to Gowon as former leader clocks 85 - Daily Post Nigeria

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

Dickson blames political jobbers on alleged rift with President Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

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

Jonathan visits Buhari in Aso Rock, keeps mum - The Punch

Goodluck Jonathan: Policies or promises? | Africa - Aljazeera.com

Jonathan speaks on 'pressure' to contest in 2023 - Pulse Nigeria

SATIRE SATURDAY: Shall we now beg Goodluck Jonathan for forgiveness? - Premium Times

Time To Deregulate The Oil Sector - Leadership Newspaper

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

Sule Lamido explains why Jonathan allegedly betrays PDP in Bayelsa - Pulse Nigeria

PHOTO STORY: Jonathan visits Buhari - Premium Times

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

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

An open letter to Graça MachelOpinion - Guardian

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

Igbinedion varsity names college after Goodluck Jonathan - Guardian

Stop killing for power, Jonathan tells politicians - The Punch

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

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