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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

EDITORIAL: Nigerian law is the criminal, not gay people - Mail and Guardian

First men go on trial under Nigeria's anti-homosexuality laws - The Guardian

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

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

Why we visited Jonathan — APC leaders - Pulse Nigeria

Zaben Bayelsa: APC da Oshiomhole sun yabawa karamcin Goodluck Jonathan - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Goodluck Jonathan ya soki shugabannin da ke kashe rai saboda kujerar mulki - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Buhari made a snake his spokesman – Jonathan ex-aide says - P.M. News

Jonathan tackles Lamido, denies trading off Baylesa to APC - The Punch

Bayelsa election: We don’t have anything against Jonathan —PDP - The Punch

Back to the 1980s General: Nigerian newspaper strips Buhari of 'president' title - Africanews English

Bayelsa gov election: I’m really disappointed —Jonathan - The Punch

Goodluck Jonathan honoured with doctorate degree - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

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

Diezani’s husband says Jonathan begged him to allow his wife become minister - Pulse Nigeria

Opinion: Before you crucify Goodluck Jonathan over Bayelsa election by Reno Omokri - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Bayelsa Election:APC leads with wide margin in Goodluck Jonathan’s local govt - Pulse Nigeria

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

Goodluck Jonathan speaks on election rigging - Daily Post Nigeria

Real reasons Jonathan worked against PDP in Bayelsa guber poll - The Nation Newspaper

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

Badakalar zaben 2015: Kotu ta yankewa jami'an INEC 2 hukuncin shekaru 42 a gidan gyara hali - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

APC leaders visit Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

President Buhari sends message to Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

Tribute to Goodluck Jonathan at 63 - THISDAY Newspapers

Flooding at Goodluck Jonathan Estate to Be Tackled Soon, Promises Remax Realtors - THISDAY Newspapers

Asiri ya tonu: Wani na hannun daman Jonathan na barazanar kashe wani mutumi - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Alleged N702m fraud: Court orders Okupe to enter defence - Guardian

‘Yan siyasa su na tura ‘Ya ‘yansu karatu, su maida sauran yara karnukan siyasa – Jonathan - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

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

Photos: Jonathan, wife celebrate Lyon’s victory with APC leaders - The Nation Newspaper

Jam'iyyar APC ta naɗa wani na kusa da Jonathan muƙami a Bayelsa - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Okowa: Jonathan's govt promoted rule of law, freedom of expression - Pulse Nigeria

Buhari: Jonathan’s Sacrifices for Democracy will Inspire Future Generations - THISDAY Newspapers

Jonathan Debunks Claims He Supported APC To Avoid Prosecution Over Malabu Oil Deal - Information Nigeria

Photos: Jonathan visits Wike - The Nation Newspaper

African politicians replacing military coups with political coup d'etat - TVC News

Shettima: North'll look beyond APC, PDP in 2023 if… - New Telegraph Newspaper

No escape from the dodgy election ad blitz - The Times

JUST IN: Electricity workers suspend strike - TheCable

Nigeria: Allen Onyema, CEO of Air Peace, chased by US justice - The Africa Report

As Orji Uzor Kalu Goes To Jail, FFK And Patience Jonathan Should Be Next By Churchill Okonkwo - SaharaReporters.com

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

Lyon appoints Jonathan loyalists into APC transition committee - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

Wike dares opponents, donates N20m at book launch - The Punch

INEC ta bayyana dalilin jinkirin fara zabe a mazabar Jonathan - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

2023 Presidency: Deciding factors - The Nation Newspaper

Nigeria’s Innoson: making cars or selling a feeling? - The Africa Report

Public Private Partnership: A Panacea for crises in education sector - P.M. News

Bayelsa guber: Jonathan commended for shunning PDP candidate - Daily Post Nigeria

Constituency projects: Reps probe unspent fund under President Buhari, Jonathan - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

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

Olu of Warri urges Buhari to make Ogidigben Gas Revolution Park a star project - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

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

The Second Niger Bridge is not Igbo bridge - Guardian

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

Zaben Bayelsa: Jonathan ya nuna rashin jin dadinsa kan yadda zabe ke tafiya - Latest News in Nigeria & Breaking Naija News 24/7 | LEGIT.NG

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

2023 and the clamour for an Igbo presidency - The Punch

IN PICTURES: What you need to know about Lagos-Ibadan trains - TheCable

Aisha Buhari rebukes Minister, wants sanctions for false attack on president - Premium Times

Goodluck Jonathan gets new appointment - P.M. News

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

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

To borrow or not to borrow? - The Punch

Having Grey Hair Doesn’t Mean Wisdom: Reno Omokri - Information Nigeria

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

Buhari And Sowore: The Road To Change, By Bunmi Makinwa - Premium Times

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's embattled president - CNN International

How Daura serves as 'de facto' seat of power under Buhari - Daily Trust

Nigeria: Lessons From Kalu's Conviction - AllAfrica.com

FIRS: Fowler requested tenure extension hours before Buhari appointed replacement - Premium Times

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

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

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

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

Jonathan says insecurity getting worse under Buhari - Pulse Nigeria

Sowore and parable of a rat that saw tomorrow - TheCable

ANALYSIS: World Human Rights Day: Nigerian govt clamps down on free speech - Premium Times

Sowore and Odunjo's tortoise folklore - Guardian

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

Atiku, Melaye, others react as Anthony Joshua defeats Andy Ruiz - Daily Post Nigeria

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

Goodluck Jonathan: The Facebook president - CNN International

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

Jonathan meets Buhari behind closed doors in Abuja - Pulse Nigeria

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

Ex APC spokesman says Nigeria was better under Jonathan - Pulse Nigeria

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

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

Former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan honored by the SCLC - SaportaReport

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

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan faces first significant political crisis - Christian Science Monitor

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

Goodluck Jonathan gets another international appointment - Legit.ng

Ex-President wants to take a lecturing job - Pulse Nigeria

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

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

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

Nigeria's President Vows to Find Abducted Girls Amid Mounting Pressure - TIME

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