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

Singer J Martins begs former President Goodluck Jonathan to forgive Nigerians - Pulse Nigeria

Kaduna students kidnap video: Kidnappers demand N30 million ransom, Nasir El-Rufai insist on 'no negotiation' - BBC News

Goodluck Jonathan commiserates with Chadians over death of President Deby - Vanguard

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

Jonathan commiserates with Chadians over death of President Derby - Vanguard

Mali's interim prime minister to form new government - FRANCE 24 English

Alleged $15.5milion Fraud: Court upturns conviction of companies linked to Patience Jonathan - Premium Times

Nigeria: El-Rufai's Allegation of Persecution Unfounded, Says Jonathan - AllAfrica.com

A Belated Defence of The Best President Nigeria Ever Had - THISDAY Newspapers

Nigerian insecurity: Buhari rise up! - Guardian

Jonathan to Aliyu: You’re a Pathetic Fellow Who Lies to Remain Relevant - THISDAY Newspapers

On the Asaba Revolt by Southern Governors - THISDAY Newspapers

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

Mali: Former Nigerian President Jonathan’s mediation flounders - The Africa Report

Goodluck Jonathan: Economic Communality of West African States want Nigeria former President to bring peace to Mali - BBC News

2014 confab and the search for national peace - The Punch

Nigeria: $6.5bn Repatriated Loots Fail to Address Poverty, Underdevelopment - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

PROFILE: Meet former Buhari's son-in-law wanted for alleged fraud - Internatinal Centre For Investigative Reporting

Aso Rock: A Burglary Denied! By Ozodinukwe Okenwa - SaharaReporters.com

Avoiding The Descent To Anarchy - THISDAY Newspapers

Buhari's aide Adesina blames Nigeria's security challenges on 'evil forces' - Premium Times

2023 and Goodluck Jonathan's fabled luckOpinion - Guardian

Book Review - An Open Letter to Goodluck Jonathan - Proshare Nigeria Limited

Nigeria will not progress until they tell Buhari the truth – Ayo Adebanjo - Vanguard

Former Nigerian president named special envoy to Mali - Anadolu Agency

Herdsmen crisis in Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan home state of Bayelsa give Fulani cattle breeders 14 days quit notice? - BBC News

$153 million, 80 properties recovered from ex-petroleum minister Diezani – EFCC - Premium Times

What is the Exit Strategy? - THISDAY Newspapers

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

Secession: Ibadan chief makes case for national dialogue - Vanguard

My 61st Birthday Gift to the 17 Southern Governors - THISDAY Newspapers

Hypothesis-building in the Governance of Nigeria: The Danger of a PMB's Coup Against Nigeria - THISDAY Newspapers

West African Leaders Arrive in Mali to Press for Coup Reversal - Bloomberg

FG careful with kidnappers not with #EndSARS protesters, Omokri slams Lai Mohammed - Punch Newspapers

I want Biafra of the mind, not of land ― Abaribe - Vanguard

APC denies planning to field Goodluck Jonathan for 2023 presidential election - Guardian Nigeria

I resisted nepotism in my appointments as president, Jonathan clarifies - Guardian Nigeria

Envoys Arrive in Mali to Meet With Military Junta, Ousted President Keita - Voice of America

Politics shouldn't be seen as war – Jonathan - Premium Times

PDP leaders meet Jonathan amid alleged defection plan - Premium Times - Premium Times

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

Nnamdi Kanu and the Igbo/Biafran case against Nigeria - TheCable

Thank you, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan! | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World NewsOpinion — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News - Guardian

Nigeria: 2023 - Secondus Wrong On Goodluck Jonathan - AllAfrica.com

Under-utilisation of Nigeria’s satellite in orbit - Vanguard

Goodluck Jonathan to mediate in Gambia’s constitutional review deadlock - The East African

Addressing governance challenges in Rivers - Guardian

John Magufuli dead: Tanzania president death tori make Boris Jonson and Goodluck Jonathan send tributes - BBC News

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From grads to lifetime learners | Staff Editorials | theindependent.com - Grand Island Independent

Jonathan not interested in 2023 presidency - Pulse Nigeria

Southern governors provoke controversy on national dialogue - The Nation Newspaper

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

'Nigeria played a key role?' -- Here's a brief explainer on the Israel-Palestine crisis - TheCable

Femi Fani Kayode: Obasanjo minister warn afta meeting Buhari party [APC] Chairman Mai Buni, Goodluck Jonathan - BBC News

Nigeria deserves world-class healthcare system - The Nation Newspaper

MALI : Goodluck Jonathan's mediator days may be numbered - 07/09/2020 - Africa Intelligence

Jonathan refuses to rule out 2023 presidential run - Premium Times - Premium Times

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's ex-President, ordered to testify in corruption trial - Deutsche Welle

JUST IN: APC governors visit Goodluck Jonathan - Vanguard

Charles Okpaleke teases 'Aki and Pawpaw' remake - TheCable

Goodluck Jonathan’s Mali mediation shuttles between government and opposition - RFI English

Stop fighting Mbaka, Cleric warns FG - Vanguard

Slashing workers salaries ‘ll incite Nigerian workers to negative actions, NASU warns - Vanguard

APC governors' visit to Jonathan, apology for Buhari's misrule, says PDP - Guardian Nigeria

Jonathan bags African peace award - Premium Times - Premium Times - Premium Times

Hadiza Bala-Usman: Fall of another Buhari woman - Guardian

Former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan honored by the SCLC - SaportaReport

West African Countries May Lift Mali Sanctions After Interim President Sworn in Friday - Voice of America

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

Jonathan Pollard attends Mercaz HaRav Jerusalem Day celebration - Israel Hayom

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's embattled president - CNN

NASU Urges FG to Halt Planned Slash of Workers’ Salaries - THISDAY Newspapers

Dr Goodluck Jonathan thanks Gambian Political Leaders | - Voice Gambia Newspaper - Voice Gambia Newspaper

2023: Dr Goodluck Jonathan not qualified to contest - TheCable

Nigeria Will 'Conquer' Boko Haram, Goodluck Jonathan Says - NBCNews.com

Why restructuring of Nigeria won't work - Jonathan - Premium Times - Premium Times

Cape Central Jr. High Esports team moves on to championship - KFVS

Goodluck Jonathan: Nothing is more important than bringing home Nigeria's missing girls - Washington Post

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

Author Michael Koryta's dedication to detail translates to the big screen - pressherald.com

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

Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan scuttled prisoner swap with Boko Haram to free schoolgirls - CBS News

PHOTOS: Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan celebrates 63rd birthday - Vanguard

2023: Former president Goodluck Jonathan finally speaks on his reported presidential comeback - Legit.ng

Time to save Nigeria is now! - Vanguard

Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan Runs for Re-Election - Council on Foreign Relations

ECOWAS mediator for Mali, Goodluck Jonathan, arrives in Bamako - Vanguard

Fear of Goodluck Jonathan and the 2023 Debate - THISDAY Newspapers

Premium times: Jonathan updates Buhari on political developments in The Gambia - Premium Times

Jonathan hosts leaders of Gambia's political parties - Premium Times

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

Goodluck Jonathan: The Facebook president - CNN

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

2023: The Goodluck Jonathan card - The Nation Newspaper

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Wants U.S. Troops to Fight Boko Haram - Wall Street Journal

‘As leaders, we have failed our people’ - The Standard

Nigeria's Acting President Goodluck Jonathan Fires Predecessor's Cabinet - NPR

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declares emergency in 3 states - CNN International

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