Tunde Niyi, Lagos
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, has said he would concede defeat if he loses the 2019 elections, if the presidential election is free and fair.
Speaking on ‘The Candidates’ a televised town hall hosted by Kadaria Ahmed on NTA Wednesday night, Atiku said he has conceded defeat previously when he lost elections.
Atiku is believes to be a front-runner in the February 16 Presidential elections.
Atiku, who appeared on the programme with Peter Obi, his running mate, in response to one of the questions on corruption, said he will consider granting amnesty to corrupt persons willing to surrender their loot.
“Why not? It worked for Turkey. Turkey gave an amnesty and all the money abroad came back. The government said that if you bring the money, there is not even taxation. We want you to invest in manufacturing, technology and real estate. Look at Turkey today. It’s like any other European countries in terms of development. They drew a line. Why not, we can consider it.
“I believe there will be need for dialogue between the various branches of government. We are at a crisis point in this country in the issue of fight against corruption. We can’t afford delay. Before we review our procedures and laws, I think there is need we do something immediately. Then, I believe everybody will understand if you really intend to fight corruption.
“There was a recovery panel set up by President Obasanjo under my chairmanship, the attorney general and the national security adviser. By calling various people who have been alleged to have stolen money, we recovered over $4 billion which we paid back into the treasury. If you are to prosecute these people, up till now, you will still be prosecuting them.”
Atiku said the issue of corruption has been an impediment to the growth of the country, also describing election rigging as a form of corruption that people do not pay attention to, he suggested that Election Fraud Commission be set up.