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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

#NigeriaDecides: How to stop rigging on Saturday ― Goodluck Jonathan - Vanguard

Communique from peace conference organised by the Goodluck Jonathan foundation - Vanguard

INEC Postpones 2019 Elections: How elections were also postponed in 2011, 2015 - Pulse Nigeria

Elections: Why there is 'civil war feeling' in Nigeria - Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

Shun Electoral Violence, Goodluck Jonathan Foundation Urges Stakeholders - THISDAY Newspapers

Jonathan congratulates Dickson over maiden flight to Bayelsa International Airport - Vanguard

Goodluck Jonathan says Atiku is capable of uniting Nigeria - Pulse Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan: High voters turn out best antidote to rigging - TODAY.NG

Nigeria decides: Reno Omokri tells Nigerians what to do if INEC postpones election - Daily Post Nigeria

Nigerian Presidential Election Delayed; Has 2 Front-Runners - NPR

How N1.5bn was spent on Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 campaign - EFCC reveals - Legit.ng

2019 and IPOB’s Futility - THISDAY Newspapers

Abdulsalam to chair Jonathan’s foundation conference on peaceful elections - Vanguard

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

How to stop rigging tomorrow, by Jonathan – Vanguard News Nigeria - Nigerian Bulletin

Former Aide To Ex- President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, Lash At Buhari For Snubbing Presidential Debate - Information Nigeria

Police find 66 bodies in NW Nigeria: state governor - eNCA

Elections: Prominent Nigerian families divided by politics - Premium Times

Ex-Head of State Abubakar to Chair Goodluck Jonathan Foundation Conference on Peaceful Elections - SundiataPost

Smollett beating investigation bombshell gives fresh fodder to Trump supporters - Chicago Sun-Times


Boko Haram, Nigeria’s jihadist group, is regaining strength - The Economist

Government’s Covenant With ASUU - Leadership Newspaper

Court Orders Patience Jonathan To Forfeit N1bn To Nigerian Govt - SaharaReporters.com

Reno Omokri reacts as Tinubu is spotted with PDP members, fails to attend Buhari's rally - Daily Post Nigeria

Stop blaming APC for your failures, Amaechi tells Wike - THISDAY Newspapers

Flashback: How Prophet Temitope Aduroja Predicted Postponement Of 2019 Elections - Naija News

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

Nigeria Has a History of Dodgy Elections: Will It Be Different This Time? - Africa.com

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

Geopolitical zones that hold the ace in the presidential election - The Punch

Ex-President Jonathan: It’s difficult to erase agitations caused by civil war - TODAY.NG

Every candidate needs Lagos - Daily Trust

Fani-Kayode: Obasanjo's expired milk and a slave dealer called Bola Tinubu - Daily Post Nigeria

Question for former President Goodluck Jonathan - Vanguard

FOR THE RECORD: Nigeria's 73 presidential candidates (FULL LIST) - Premium Times

Goodluck Jonathan urges Nigerians to pray ahead of 2019 polls in Christmas message - Pulse Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan hosts Buhari, Atiku in November - Pulse Nigeria

Jonathan @ 61: When a leader leaves positive strides in the sands of time - Vanguard

Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan blamed for bringing about recession while in power - Pulse Nigeria

Obasanjo, Oshiomhole, Atiku, others attend Goodluck Jonathan Book launch - Premium Times

Goodluck Jonathan's message to Buhari at 76 - Daily Post Nigeria

2019: Goodluck Jonathan’s message to Nigerians - Daily Post Nigeria

President Buhari salutes Goodluck Jonathan at 61 - Pulse Nigeria

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

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

Nigeria at 58: Goodluck Jonathan sends inspirational message to youths, others - Daily Post Nigeria

Why I hold Goodluck Jonathan in high esteem - President Buhari - Daily Post Nigeria

How Goodluck Jonathan reacted to Atiku's emergence as PDP Presidential candidate - Daily Post Nigeria

2019: How Goodluck Jonathan neglected South West - Fayemi - Daily Post Nigeria

Former president Goodluck Jonathan biography - Legit.ng

2019 election: Goodluck Jonathan speaks on 'working' against PDP - Daily Post Nigeria

Obasanjo lacks dignity –Sagay - The Punch

Goodluck Jonathan reacts to military takeover of power, national radio station - Daily Post Nigeria

Dr. Goodluck Jonathan at 61: When a Leader Leaves Positive Strides in the Sands of Time - THISDAY Newspapers

Goodluck Jonathan: A Victim Of Self Destruct - Leadership Newspaper

I'm not responsible for Buhari govt's incompetence’ - Goodluck Jonathan replies Garba Shehu - Daily Post Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan not behind PDP’s woes in Bayelsa- Group - Vanguard

Return us to Goodluck Jonathan era - Fani-Kayode, Omokri lament poor economy - Daily Post Nigeria

Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan Launches Book November 20 - AllAfrica.com

What death of Anenih means to PDP, Nigeria - Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

5 ways Fashola attacked Goodluck Jonathan at Town hall - Pulse Nigeria

What Goodluck Jonathan did to me in 2015 - Amaechi - Daily Post Nigeria

Why I can't take responsibility for Boko Haram's abduction of Chibok girls - Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan mulls returning to classroom - Daily Post Nigeria

NASS siege: What Goodluck Jonathan said about Buhari, APC government - Daily Post Nigeria

FLASHBACK: How Jonathan Removed Justice Salami - The Whistler NG

Goodluck Jonathan’s My Transition Hours, A Thrilling Odyssey - Leadership Newspaper

PDP Convention: Let us put Nigeria first – Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Trust

Jonathan reportedly conceded defeat to Buhari to avoid ruling during recession - Pulse Nigeria

Throwback photos of Goodluck Jonathan exercising - Vanguard

My grouse with Goodluck Jonathan – ex-Bayelsa governor Sylva - Premium Times

Obasanjo meets Goodluck Jonathan in Bayelsa [PHOTOS] - Daily Post Nigeria

2019 presidency: Emulate Goodluck Jonathan, concede defeat if you lose - Atiku tells Buhari - Daily Post Nigeria

Attack on Fayose: Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan cautions security agencies - Daily Post Nigeria

Jonathan mischaracterised Obama in new book - US govt - Premium Times

Goodluck Jonathan reacts to vote-buying allegation, says Oshiomhole has psychological problem - Daily Post Nigeria

Why not Goodluck Jonathan? - Vanguard

Wike Alleges Plot To Shut Down Internet - Leadership Newspaper

I’m not responsible for your failure, Jonathan tells Buhari - The Punch

Jonathan knocks Osinbajo over debt profile, corruption claims - The Punch

PDP Convention: Kwankwaso apologises to Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

Jonathan's book, 2019 campaigns flag off, others top politics last week - Premium Times


Why I rejected Goodluck Jonathan's $5m bribe - Sanwo-Olu’s running mate, Hamzat - Daily Post Nigeria

'Why Nigeria needs a man like David Mark for president in 2019' - Pulse Nigeria

2019: Atiku meets Goodluck Jonathan in Bayelsa [Photos] - Daily Post Nigeria

Ex-President Jonathan honoured as 'Icon of Democracy' - Premium Times

Sambo, Wike, Fayose others to attend book presentation for ex-president - Pulse Nigeria

ICYMI: Presidency lists corruption cases under Jonathan - Punchng

Jonathan’s administration outperformed Buhari’s administration – Reno - Vanguard

N1.6bn fraud: Dudafa Ex- aide to Goodluck Jonathan denies any transactions with ONSA, CBN - Vanguard

Global Statesmanship And National Heroism – The Truth Of Goodluck Jonathan’s Legacy - Leadership Newspaper

Leaders Honour Jonathan at Book Launch (Photos) - THISDAY Newspapers

Goodluck Jonathan accused Barack Obama, of frustrating his administration's efforts to rescue schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorist group, Boko Haram - Naija247news

Jega's INEC conspired against me in 2015 - Jonathan - Premium Times

JUST IN: Jonathan announces book presentation with Buhari as special guest of honour - Legit.ng

Yul Edochie visits Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, reveals what he told him (photos) - Legit.ng

Constitution amendment: Jonathan can’t re-contest for President, say SANs - Punchng

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan: My home was stripped bare - BBC News

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