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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

Nigeria: Jonathan Bags African Peace Award - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

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

Jonathan for what? - The Nation Newspaper

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

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

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

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

I’m still in PDP — Jonathan - Vanguard

Bandits sponsored by those who wanted Jonathan out —Mailafia - Punch Newspapers

Jonathan Complains of Neglect By PDP - THISDAY Newspapers

That commentary on Goodluck Jonathan - Vanguard

Fani-Kayode shades Saraki over Jonathan [ARTICLE] - Pulse Nigeria

Leadership should be selfless to be meaningful ― President Jonathan - Vanguard

Nigeria: Jonathan Meets 15 Gambian Party Leaders in Abuja - AllAfrica.com

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

Jonathan’s Gambit: A Myth or Reality? - THISDAY Newspapers

Bandits brought into Nigeria by people who wanted to oust Jonathan, Mailafia claims - TheCable

Jonathan hosts Gambian political class - Vanguard

Goodluck Jonathan, Nasir El-Rufai: A Pair Of Good Or Bad? By Dr Bolaji Akinyemi - SaharaReporters.com

Jonathan to be back in Banjul after Abuja talks bear no fruit - The Point - The Point

Jonathan meets 15 Gambian party leaders in Abuja - Punch Newspapers

How the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Tweets Changed a War in Nigeria - The Wall Street Journal

Nigeria: Is President Muhammadu Buhari unwilling to stop the violence? - DW (English)

Goodluck, Jonathan? Freedom Published Answer Four Months Ago! - Freedom Newspaper

EXCLUSIVE: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SaharaReporters.com

2023: Anxiety in PDP as four APC governors reportedly move to draft Jonathan into race - Legit.ng

2023: El-Rufai can never be Jonathan’s running mate, says Omokri - Punch Newspapers

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

Previous Post 2023: Secondus Wrong On Goodluck Jonathan - Leadership Newspapers

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

Ex-President Jonathan, former govs, celebrate Anyim at 60 - Punch Newspapers

El-Rufai Can Never Be Jonathan's Running Mate, Says Omokri - SaharaReporters.com

Next Post Fani-Kayode tackles Saraki over visit to Jonathan - Premium Times

State of the mess - Part 2 - Guardian

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

Despite our different ethnic background, Anyim and I’ve remained family friends till date – Bafarawa - Vanguard

OSIWA Nigeria lead launches book, foundation in honour of daughter - Premium Times

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

#FreeDawisu: Outrage over mysterious ‘disappearance’ of Ganduje’s aide - The Nation Newspaper

Bala Mohammed not a terrorist, Fani-Kayode tells Ortom - Vanguard

Former Nigerian president named special envoy to Mali - Anadolu Agency

CBN ban on Cryptocurrency, how Atiku, Davido & oda Nigerians react - BBC News

Man, son hospitalised after herder’s attack in Jonathan’s community - The Nation Newspaper

Finding a sponsor, hosting a World Cup and not needing to read Champagne Football - New FAI boss lays out his vision - The42

Nigeria: Secondus Tasks APC Governors On Insecurity - AllAfrica.com

Our Operatives did not attempt to arrest Sunday Igboho ― DSS - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Senate probes ‘abuse’ of safe schools funds - Guardian

If Soldiers, Aircraft In Orlu Were In Zamfara, There'd Be No Abduction — Reno Omokri - SaharaReporters.com

Understanding the challenges that have affected the PIB - Nairametrics

Herder attacks son, father in Jonathan’s community - The Nation Newspaper

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

Strange as Gumi locates bandits, herdsmen hideouts, but Army, Police cannot – Reno Omokri - Vanguard

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Makes History As WTO’s First Woman & African Leader - SheThePeople

Bukola Saraki the Peacemaker - THISDAY Newspapers

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

Pius Anyim Pius: Still Impacting His Milieu @ 60 - THISDAY Newspapers

Nigeria: President Buhari and Unlawful Appointments - AllAfrica.com

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

Nigeria: The Role and Impact of the Institutions Curse in Perpetuating the Resource Curse - AllAfrica.com

Secondus Tasks APC Govs on Insecurity - THISDAY Newspapers

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

Niger Delta militants resurface, threaten to carry out attacks in Abuja, Lagos - TheCable

Okonjo-Iweala: APC kicks as PDP accuses Presidency of hypocrisy - Punch Newspapers

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

Jonathan, Osinbajo Extol Ilo's Virtues At Book Launch - Leadership Newspapers

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

#BelikeNgozi – Words of wisdom from Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala - Guardian

Claim that Jonathan left Nigeria with 7 trillion naira deficit does not add up - Africa Check

Again, Non-service of Corruption Charges Stalls Stella Odua's Arraignment - THISDAY Newspapers

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

Rewarding bandits with money, vehicles may boomerang, Buhari tells governors - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

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

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

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

VIDEO: What we discussed with Jonathan - Saraki - Premium Times

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

2023: Dr Goodluck Jonathan not qualified to contest - TheCable

Banditry: Summon Sheikh Gumi now, Omokri urges DSS - Punch Newspapers

Making Cyberspace Safe for Africa - THISDAY Newspapers

We are not threatened by opposition – Abia PDP - Vanguard

Defunct PHCN retirees cry over unpaid benefits - Vanguard

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

Abduction of Zamfara schoolgirls inhumane, totally unacceptable, says Buhari - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Nigeria says Mali transition government yet to satisfy regional demands - Reuters

Northern governors celebrate Jonathan at 63 - Premium Times

Ekweremadu’s 10-Day Trajectory for State Police - THISDAY Newspapers

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

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

Ex-FIRS boss Fowler, Buratai make list of politically exposed Nigerians who own properties in Dubai | International Centre for Investigative Reporting - Internatinal Centre For Investigative Reporting

Fani-Kayode got N26m from Sambo Dasuki, EFCC tells Court - Vanguard

2023: The Goodluck Jonathan card - The Nation Newspaper

Goodluck Jonathan: The Facebook president - CNN

Jonathan reacts as Nigerian govt hunts for his US 'bank records' - Premium Times

Goodluck Jonathan in Banjul to facilitate workable national consensus in Gambia - Vanguard

Why I'm stepping away from active politics - Jonathan - Premium Times - Premium Times

Former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan honored by the SCLC - SaportaReport

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's embattled president - CNN

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

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

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