Former Senate President David Mark alleged that a northern conspiracy worked against Jonathan.
Mark, a retired army general was quoted in a book, “Against the Run of
Play: How an incumbent president was defeated in Nigeria” by chairman of
ThisDay Board of Editors, that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) intentionally provided the president with unrealistic voting
projections in the north.
“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. 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