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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 President Goodluck Jonathan delivers talk on democracy and development in Africa | Yale and the ... - Yale University

Ex-Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Joins the Party as Cambodian Election Observer - The Diplomat

Progressive ideas I championed were abolished after my exit, says Jonathan - Punch Newspapers

Jonathan to declare 2024 NBA Law Week open in Bayelsa - The Nation Newspaper

Goodluck Jonathan: The Unsung Hero of Democracy in Nigeria - - Kogi Reports

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan, profile of a defeated president - BBC.com

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

The Best Thing Goodluck Jonathan Ever Did Was to Concede - The New Yorker

“If Truth Must Be Told”: Omokri Reacts To Claim That Adeboye’s Voice Was Loud During Jonathan’s Govt - Legit.ng

Nigeria election: Goodluck Jonathan concedes - CNN

'Icon of Democracy': Tinubu Rejoices With Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan At 66 - Arise News

Jonathan leads West African delegation to observe Senegal presidential poll - TheCable

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan praises SA's 'unique' electoral processes - News24

Jonathan warns against regional, religious-based democracy - Punch Newspapers

Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan declares emergency in states - BBC.com

Jonathan to lead Commonwealth observers for Pakistan’s election - Punch Newspapers

Pray for my traumatised mum, Jonathan pleads at sister's burial - Punch Newspapers

UPDATED: Jonathan intervenes in Wike, Fubara feud, urges collaboration - Punch Newspapers

Jonathan’s ex-Chief of Staff, Arogbofa dies at 72 - Punch Newspapers

Ex-president Jonathan loses elder sister - Punch Newspapers

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria’s embattled president - CNN

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

How Goodluck Jonathan lost the Nigerian election - The Guardian

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declares emergency in 3 states - CNN

Greetings to Jonathan at 66 - Vanguard

Jonathan leads Commonwealth Mission to observe Pakistan's elections - Premium Times

Nigeria missing girls: President makes first comments - BBC.com

Former president Goodluck Jonathan's biography: 2024 update - Legit.ng

Christian Association of Nigeria Warns Against Arrest of Goodluck Jonathan - Council on Foreign Relations

Nigerian president begins re-election campaign - The Guardian

Goodluck Jonathan's phone call that changed Nigeria - BBC.com

No apologies for supporting Diri’s re-election, says Jonathan - Punch Newspapers

My ideas for national development jettisoned – Jonathan - Punch Newspapers

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

Zimbabwe elections: Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan to lead AU observer mission - News24

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

Gay Marriage and Goodluck Jonathan's Tricky Position - Council on Foreign Relations

Lost Forever? Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Cowers Amid Terror - NBC News

Goodluck Jonathan on the Nigeria-U.S. Bilateral Relationship - Council on Foreign Relations

Jonathan: Politicians won't approach court if judiciary is upright - TheCable

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

[PHOTOS] Uhuru attends state banquet in Nigeria - The Star Kenya

Malala meets Nigeria's leader Goodluck Jonathan over abducted girls - BBC.com

Jonathan: I owe nobody apologies for supporting Diri's re-election - TheCable

Jonathan at 66: A statesman and the redemptive power of peace - TheCable

Insecurity: Jonathan, Abdulsalami, Ooni, others back state police - Premium Times

Ex-President Jonathan Loses Elder Sister After A Brief Illness - Channels Television

Video: Goodluck Jonathan talks of Boko Haram fight - Eye on Africa - FRANCE 24 English

REWIND: In 2010, Jonathan rejected navy's proposal to buy presidential yacht - TheCable

Call out Tinubu govt as you did Jonathan, Eedris Abdulkareem tells Pastor Adeboye in new song - Businessday

Obi to Jonathan @66: They’re eroding your sacrifice for democracy - Vanguard

Uhuru lands in Nigeria for democracy dialogue - Nairobi - The Star Kenya

Jonathan loses elder sister - Premium Times

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Concedes to Muhammadu Buhari - Council on Foreign Relations

Nigeria's President Launches Amnesty Committee for Boko Haram - Council on Foreign Relations

Ex-Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan attends nephew's traditional wedding in Embu - Citizen Digital

Ex-Nigerian President Jonathan dissociates self from 2023 bid - Al Jazeera English

Former Nigerian security official denies embezzling £1.4bn of arms money - The Guardian

Hard for Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Not to Run in 2015-But Can He Win? - Council on Foreign Relations

Prioritise national interest, Jonathan tells politicians - Punch Newspapers

Bayelsa APC elders knock Jonathan over mother’s relocation comment - Punch Newspapers

Nigeria's president signs law imposing up to 14 years' jail for gay relationships - The Guardian

‘Take solace in her legacy’ — Tinubu condoles with Jonathan over sister’s death - TheCable

Goodluck Jonathan Loses Sister - Leadership News

Nigeria pardons Goodluck Jonathan ally, Alamieyeseigha - BBC.com

'We will triumph over terrorism,' Nigerian President tells UN Assembly - Welcome to the United Nations

Goodluck Jonathan sworn in as Nigerian president - The Guardian

Jonathan leads West African delegation to observe Liberia election - TheCable

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan: Officials back Boko Haram - BBC.com

Breaking: Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s elder sister is dead - P.M. News

Former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan honored by the SCLC - SaportaReport - SaportaReport

Goodluck Jonathan sworn in for first full presidential term - FRANCE 24 English

Goodluck Jonathan Opens Up On 1 Sad Aspect Of Sister’s Death - Legit.ng

River Crisis: Jonathan Calls For Truce, Asks Fubara, Wike To Work Together - Channels Television

Delta Militant Insists Goodluck Jonathan Run for President in 2015 - Council on Foreign Relations

Eedris Abdulkareem Tackles Tinubu, Pastor Adeboye in New Song 'Emi Lokan' - Guardian Nigeria

The Goodluck Jonathan show goes on, a day after Nigerian suicide bomb - The Guardian

Eedris Abdulkareem calls out Adeboye, Tinubu, others in new song, 'Emi Lokan' - Tribune Online

Handling Boko Haram: Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan in denial about his own Army - The Christian Science Monitor

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan loses elder sister - Daily Post Nigeria

Jonathan: Fubara, Wike must work together — political tension not helping Rivers - TheCable

Goodluck Jonathan: Policies or promises? - Al Jazeera English

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan vows to defeat Boko Haram - BBC.com


Goodluck Jonathan's ex-Chief of Staff, Arogbofa is dead - Daily Post Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan urges all Nigerians to “Take Charge” and take an HIV Test - UNAIDS

Nigeria: From Goodluck Jonathan to Muhammadu Buhari | IFRI - IFRI

Rivers crisis must not be allowed to spread, destabilise Nigeria – Goodluck Jonathan - Businessday

Why Africa continues to experience coups - Jonathan - Premium Times

Goodluck Jonathan hopes it will be 2011 all over again - Al Jazeera English

'You can't take swamp out of hippopotamus' -- Sylva hits Jonathan over comments on Bayelsa guber poll - TheCable

President Jonathan makes candidacy public via Facebook - FRANCE 24 English

Tinubu felicitates Jonathan at 66 - Premium Times

Goodluck Jonathan Inaugurated as Nigerian President - Voice of America - VOA News

“Hard for Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Not To Run in 2015—But Can he Win?” - Council on Foreign Relations

Nigeria's Boko Haram: Goodluck Jonathan visits refugees - BBC.com

Goodluck Jonathan opens unassailable lead in Nigeria's presidential election - The Guardian

Former Nigerian President Obasanjo's Letter to President Goodluck Jonathan - Council on Foreign Relations

Atiku, Murray-Bruce celebrate Goodluck Jonathan at 66 | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News ... - Guardian Nigeria

The sudden rise of Goodluck Jonathan - DW (English)

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