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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

Background

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: ENLIGHTENMENT AND DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA – THISDAYLIVE - THISDAY Newspapers


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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