A former president of the Senate, David Mark, has explained how he warned former President Goodluck Jonathan of plot by Northerners against him.
According to Olusegun Adeniyi’s book, Against the Run of Play: How an Incumbent President was defeated in Nigeria, Mr Jonathan did not take Mr Mark’s warning seriously.
He said he saw the defeat coming and had pointed out the unrealistic voting projections made by the party about the North to the former president and the conspiracy against him.
“I saw it and at different times, I pointed out to him and the party that the projections being made by some people around the president about what the voting pattern in the north would were wrong.
“I could see the conspiracy and the gang-up building up in the north against the aspiration of Jonathan but my voice was drowned out by those who took it for granted that a sitting president, and one from PDP, could not lose.
“Some people were deceiving the president with the kind of false scenarios they were painting for him.
“The VP could see the conspiracy but I don’t know how much influence he had on the campaign. Why Jonathan couldn’t see it until it was too late is what I find difficult to understand.”