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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

Gun battle explodes near residence of former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan - TODAY NEWS AFRICA

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

Father Mbaka Makes Shocking Revelation About Former President Goodluck Jonathan - Naija News

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

Investigation ongoing to identify attackers on Goodluck Jonathan's home - Army - Myjoyonline.com

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

Who wants Goodluck Jonathan dead? - The Nigerian Voice

Jonathan, Dickson meet for first time after PDP’s loss in Bayelsa - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

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

2023: Goodluck Jonathan speaks on contesting next presidential election - Daily Post Nigeria

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

Jonathan, Dickson meet for first time after Bayelsa gov'ship poll - Daily Trust

Agagu: How Yar'Ardua and Jonathan began technical injustice! - Guardian

Nigeria: Govt Files Fresh 42-Count Charge Against Adoke, Malabu Oil, Others - AllAfrica.com

Nigeria frees former top official accused of graft - RFI

Forget 2023 presidency, you have taken your turn, Ohanaeze tells South-South - Guardian

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

Night of Tributes, Pomp, Colour as THISDAY Marks Silver Jubilee - THISDAY Newspapers

MEND Emissaries Visit Ex-President, Jonathan, Over Attack On His House, Demand Release Of Okah Brothers - SaharaReporters.com

South-south Demands 2023 Presidency to Complete Jonathan's Term - THISDAY Newspapers

Between Jonathan and the gunboat attackers - The Nation Newspaper

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

My relationship with Obasanjo, Yar'Adua, Jonathan –JK Opara - Daily Sun

We Can Only Restructure Within The Current ‘Imperfect’ Constitution – Osoba - Channels Television

Again, FG shifts deadline to complete Lagos-Ibadan railway project - Nairametrics

PDP leaders abandoned Dickson during Bayelsa gov election —Gulak - The Punch

Another Appointment Merited - Economic Confidential

South South Elders Forum seeks South West, South East support for 2023 presidency - Guardian

Nigerians not happy - Former APC chairman Oyegun warns - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Life Without A Husband Or Wife Is Still Life – Omokri - Information Nigeria

I won't mind being part of Buhari's cabal - Senator Shettima - Premium Times

Kinsmen to security agencies: unmask sponsors, attackers of Jonathan’s residence - The Nation Newspaper

Looking ahead of 2023 handover - Daily Sun

We Must Keep Praying For Nigeria -Jonathan, Wike …Celebrate Dr John Kennedy Opara At 50 - The Tide

2023 Presidency: Okupe reveals only way PDP can defeat APC - Daily Post Nigeria

Remembering Nigeria's Biafra war that many prefer to forget - BBC News

NASS makes strong case for fresh leadership recruitment process - Daily Sun

THISDAY Celebrates Silver Jubilee in Grand Style - THISDAY Newspapers

DISCOS want you to stop calling them NEPA if you want electricity - Pulse Nigeria

IYC uncovers alleged plot to destabilise Bayelsa - Guardian

Nigeria: 2023 - If North Insists On Presidency, There'll Be Chaos - South South Elders - AllAfrica.com

FAAN, NCC collaborate to fight piracy - Daily Sun

Amotekun's first fightOpinion - Guardian

Ihedioha: Ohanaeze attacks Timi Frank over comment on Ikpeazu - The Nation Newspaper

Abia commissioner lauds Iweala for assisting govt - Blueprint newspapers Limited

This is the Rev Mbaka prophecy on Hope Uzodinma everyone's talking about - Pulse Nigeria

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

South-South elders issue threat over 2023 presidency - Daily Post Nigeria

Buhari is Pushing Nigeria to War, Says Adebanjo - THISDAY Newspapers

N2m kola that began Mbaka’s romance with Uzodimma - Vanguard

Ihedioha: Ikpeazu's aide fires Timi Frank over comment on PDP governors - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Buhari Names Obiora as CBN Deputy Governor Designate - THISDAY Newspapers

ANALYSIS: Why Nigeria's Vision 20:2020 was bound to fail - Premium Times

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

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

What you need to know about new CBN deputy Governor, Obiora - Daily Sun

THISDAY Awards for the Decade... And the Winners Are... - THISDAY Newspapers

So Miyetti Allah now gifts Nigeria's presidency? - Daily Sun

Ex-minister Maku denies involvement in alleged plan by Atiku, Tinubu to form new party - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Edo 2020: Edo APC government campaigning for PDP’s victory — Dan Orbih - Vanguard

FAAN, NCC to curb sale of pirated books at airports - The Nation Newspaper

Reno Omokri Warns Couples About The ‘New Style Of Adultery’ In Town - Naija News

Nigeria needs electoral reforms now! - The Punch

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

For Obiora, it's Round Peg in Round Hole - THISDAY Newspapers

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

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

Ize-Iyamu Joining APC To Evade Justice? - Leadership Newspaper


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

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

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

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

Davido, DJ Cuppy among 100 recipients of Ooni’s Royal Young Leadership awards - The Nation Newspaper

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

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

Two Young Christian Women Killed in Kaduna State, Nigeria - Christianheadlines.com

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

Tribute to Goodluck Jonathan at 63 - THISDAY Newspapers

Goodluck Jonathan gets new appointment - P.M. News

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

Of Jonathan, insults and weak presidents - The Punch

Catholic church may bar Mbaka from preaching – Archbishop - The Punch

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

Bayelsa decides: Goodluck Jonathan congratulates Lyon - Daily Post Nigeria

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

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

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

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's embattled president - CNN

Gov Okowa Salutes Goodluck Jonathan At 62 - Leadership Newspaper

Atiku celebrates Jonathan on 62nd birthday - P.M. News

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

‘His loyalty is to Nigeria’ — Omokri speaks on Jonathan hosting APC governors - TheCable

President Buhari sends message to Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

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

Malabu Scandal: Ex-Russian diplomat who claimed Goodluck Jonathan received kickback appears in Italian Court - Premium Times

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

Bishop Kukah’s Consistent Inconsistency - The Nation Newspaper

Bayelsa decides 2019: Goodluck Jonathan’s kinsmen celebrate PDP’s defeat [VIDEO] - Daily Post Nigeria

Ugwuanyi’s multi-partisan approach to governance commendable – President Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

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