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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

Goodluck Jonathan join APC? PDP clear ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan defection rumour - BBC News

Goodluck Jonathan: If former President Jonathan port from PDP, e go fit contest election, APC assure - BBC News

Nigeria 2023: Goodluck Jonathan to consider joining APC - The Africa Report

If former President Goodluck Jonathan moves to APC - Daily Trust

Goodluck Jonathan back in Bamako as fears grow for Mali transition - Africanews English

Goodluck Jonathan, Akpabio pay homage to Olu of Warri - Vanguard

2023 Presidency: Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in Perspective - The Nigerian Voice

PDP leaders visit Jonathan, beg ex-president to stay - Punch Newspapers

We regret getting rid of Jonathan to elect Buhari, Northern elders lament - Punch Newspapers

Jonathan won’t join APC, if he does, I won’t go with him – Reno Omokri - Vanguard


Ex-President Jonathan Will Dump Peoples Democratic Party For Buhari's APC Party Except God Changes His Mind—Cleric - SaharaReporters.com

Jonathan, APC and parable of ‘king’ Elephant - Punch Newspapers

Joining APC’ll diminish your political stature — PGF DG warns Jonathan - Vanguard

You told child voters, bandits to ‘get rid of Jonathan, elect Buhari’, PANDEF berates NEF over confession - Punch Newspapers

2023: Goodluck Jonathan will dump PDP for APC presidential ticket – Bamgbose - Daily Post Nigeria

2023: God'll be against Jonathan getting automatic presidential ticket in APC – Nabena, - Daily Sun

2023: Goodluck Jonathan, other members will get waivers if they join us – APC - Daily Post Nigeria

REVEALED: How Nigeria's Ex-Petroleum Minister, Diezani Collected $300,000 Per Oil Contract To Fund Jonathan's 2015 Election – FBI - SaharaReporters.com

Goodluck Jonathan: PDP a terrorists’ party – Aisha Yesufu - Daily Post Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan warns African leaders - Daily Post Nigeria

– 2023: Will Jonathan Bite the Northern Bait - THISDAY Newspapers

2023: Why APC bigwigs have eyes on Jonathan - Daily Trust

Don't Join APC: Nwodo Sends Scary Message to Goodluck Jonathan ▷ Legit.ng - Legit.ng

2023: ‘Goodluck Jonathan Will Emerge President’ - Naija News

2023: Jonathan’ll lose his integrity if he defects to APC – Ex-PDP Chairman, Nwodo - Daily Post Nigeria

Why Jonathan holds Buhari in high esteem – UPF - Blueprint newspapers Limited

Challenges posed by banditry, terrorism threaten values of democracy – Jonathan - P.M. News

Pictures: Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Akpabio, others visit Olu Of Warri - Blueprint newspapers Limited

2023: 3 Critical Reasons Why Jonathan Won't Run for Presidency ▷ Legit.ng - Legit.ng

World Peace Day: Goodluck Jonathan Foundation Urges Stakeholders to Focus on Human Security ▷ Nigeria news - Legit.ng

2023: ‘Jonathan’ll give Tinubu a good run for APC presidential ticket’ – Sokoto Rep - Daily Post Nigeria

2023: Power should remain in north until southerners learn unity – Reno Omokri - Daily Post Nigeria

Obasanjo, Jonathan, Yar’Adua responsible for Nigeria’s huge debt – Sen. Adeola - P.M. News

NGE: Secrecy in Govt Undermines Access to Information - THISDAY Newspapers

2023: South will Not Beg North for Presidency, Says Adebanjo - THISDAY Newspapers

Middle-Belt Killings: Group Accuses FG of Complicity - thewillnigeria

Naira’ll rise from N570/$1 to N400/$1 at black market if… – CBN ex-deputy gov, Moghalu - The Punch

Amaechi Alleges What Politicians Who Benefited From Jonathan Government Are Now Doing - Naija News

CSOs demand probe of '$1.2m NNPC bribe used to finance Jonathan, Buhari elections' - Daily Trust

Throw out zoning: Youruba group cautions PDP, other parties - Vanguard

Why Buhari can’t forgive Fani-Kayode - Punch Newspapers

Stop Lying, You Don’t Regret Removing Jonathan, PANDEF Replies NEF - Naija News

Nigerians Deserve Buhari – Reno Omokri Reacts To Pere’s Fans Protesting Over BBNaija’s Twist - Naija News

Soludo, Andy Uba, absent at Anambra Governorship manifesto defence - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Netflix’s Africa play: Mo Abudu, free access and local partners - The Africa Report

Former Nigerian leader Goodluck Jonathan weighs comeback amid legal hurdles - The Africa Report

Nigeria Living on Borrowed Times Without Restructuring, Afenifere Warns - THISDAY Newspapers

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Chancellor of Ugandan university - Internatinal Centre For Investigative Reporting

APC Chieftain Blasts PDP, Says Jonathan's Planned Defection Ridicules Opposition ▷ Legit.ng - Legit.ng

Lawmaker, Shina Peller Sends Important Message To Nigerian Youths - Naija News

In detail… this is how Merkel will live after leaving power - asumetech

Ethnicity in Nigeria fuelled by elites — Amaechi - Vanguard

2023: Yoruba Youth Group Insists on Southwest Presidency, Berates Umahi, Ayade ▷ Nigeria news - Legit.ng

Goodluck Jonathan in Bamako for ECOWAS mediation talks with new regime - Africanews English

2023 presidential election: Behold politicians being touted as Nigeria's next messiahs - Internatinal Centre For Investigative Reporting

Nigeria: Is President Buhari Turning the Page for a More Inclusive Government? - AllAfrica.com

Oduah, others N5bn fraud trial continues Oct 19 –EFCC - Punch Newspapers

INEC Insists on e-Transmission of Polls Results - THISDAY Newspapers

Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated as Ugandan varsity Chancellor - P.M. News

How former adviser to Goodluck Jonathan was killed – Police - Premium Times

How states frustrate donors’ efforts to curb tropical diseases - The Nation Newspaper

Nigeria's loan conundrum – Blueprint Newspapers Limited - Blueprint newspapers Limited

2023: Southern Govs goofed on rotation, North-Central must produce next President — Group - Vanguard

Politicisation blues and railway modernisation - The Nation Newspaper

Jonathan 2023: Dahiru Exposes How PDP Is Falling For APC Strategy, Buhari’s Influence - Naija News

CAN veritable force for peace, unity, social justice — Osinbajo - Vanguard

– Did the North Inherit Leadership - THISDAY Newspapers

BREAKING: Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan pays homage to Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III [PHOTOS] - Vanguard

Nigeria should beware of passive support for terrorists - Daily Sun

Nigeria: Military Claims 8000 Boko Haram Fighters, Family Members Surrendered - AllAfrica.com

There Is a Plan To Rig 2023 Elections: Governor Wike Raises Alarm ▷ Nigeria news - Legit.ng

Can Fani-Kayode bring secessionist agitators to the peace table? By Yushau Shuaib - Premium Times

Finally, PDP Chieftain Reveals the Only Thing That Will Make Nigeria Break-Up ▷ Nigeria news - Legit.ng

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

Museveni Meets Goodluck Jonathan As he Takes Office As Cavendish University Chancellor :: Uganda Radionetwork - Uganda Radio Network

2023 and Goodluck Jonathan’s fabled luck - Guardian

Shema: Birthday tribute for a selfless leader - TheCable

Obasanjo, Jonathan’s Administration Were Under The Control Of Northerners – Prof Akintoye - Naija News

Analysis: Goodluck Jonathan and the 2023 presidency - P.M. News

PDP leaders meet Jonathan amid alleged defection plan - Premium Times

11 years on: We wanted a peaceful, united nation, Goodluck Jonathan pays tribute to former president Yar’Adua - Vanguard

Ortom in Enugu, blames Buhari for Nigeria’s woes - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Exchange rate: As Emefiele moves to salvage currency with E-Naira, experts raise concerns - Daily Post Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan gets international appointment, PDP reacts - Daily Post Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan Foundation partners AU to promote democracy in Africa - Vanguard

2023: Malami responds to reported joint ticket with Goodluck Jonathan - Daily Post Nigeria

2023: Tension, as PDP zoning c’ttee begins work - Vanguard

Consuming unproductively - The Nation Newspaper

2023: PDP Committee Makes Verdict, Says It Has No Mandate To Zone President, Vice President Positions ▷ Nigeria news - Legit.ng

Anambra Poll: Nobody can stop APC, says Senator Oduah - The Nation Newspaper

Islamic group blames Goodluck Jonathan for bombardment, killing of Palestinians by Israel - Daily Post Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan gets another international appointment - Daily Post Nigeria

Ex-President Jonathan says he won't use political power to punish people - Premium Times

2023: Why PDP settled for Northern Presidency — Sources - Vanguard

Be A Man, Sit On Yar'Adua's Chair – Billionaire, Otedola Says He Encouraged Goodluck Jonathan To Assume Power In 2010 - SaharaReporters.com

Africa Advancement Forum to honour Goodluck Jonathan, Nana Akufo-Addo, others - Premium Times

TB Joshua served God, humanity with passion – Goodluck Jonathan mourns - Daily Post Nigeria

2023: I’m still in PDP – Goodluck Jonathan speaks on alleged defection to APC - Daily Post Nigeria

Only South West has properly managed its diversity, says Jonathan - Punch Newspapers

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