How I warned Jonathan about Northern conspiracy against him – David Mark

by Dolapo Adelana

Former Senate President David Mark has said he warned former President Goodluck Jonathan of a Northern conspiracy to remove him from office in the 2015 election.

Mark, who made the allegation in Against the Run of Play, a book authored by Olusegun Adeniyi, the chairman of Thisday editorial board said he wondered why Jonathan ignored his warning.

He alleged that the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) provided wrong projections for the Northern region to Jonathan.

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“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 be were wrong,” Mark said.

“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.”

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