The ongoing VAT battle between some southern states and FIRS has been a major source of concern for everyone. At the moment, the case is currently in the Supreme Court awaiting a final resolve. However, from the looks of things, other state governors have thrown their weight behind Wike and have also decided to join in the suit.Photo credit: Channels TV
During the south-south governors forum which was held in Port Harcourt yesterday, other states governors (Ifeanyi Okowa, Udom Emmanuel, Godwin Obaseki, Douye Diri) all resolved to join the suit. This was contained in a communique which was read by the chairman of the forum, governor Ifeanyi Okowa.Photo credit: Vanguard
This VAT controversy started some weeks ago when the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike accused the federal government of shortchanging the South for the North. Governor Wike claimed that the North recieve more than they should be receiving while the South is just given a bit of what they contribute.
Some weeks ago, Wike who happens to be a lawyer by training got the ruling of a federal High Court in Port Harcourt which affirmed that the states, and not the federal government are supposed to collect 100% of VAT within their jurisdiction.Photo credit: vanguard
The move set off a chain of reaction from Lagos State and some other states in the country. And now, the members of the South-South governors forum have now decided to join the supreme Court Suit.
Although it is still unclear whether the judgement will be in favour of the states, the chain of things occuring at the moment suggest that the battle will not be an easy one. The Supreme Court will soon sit on the issue, and by the time they are done, all of these issues will be over and done with.
What is your prediction? Do you think the court will rule in favour of Wike and his counterparts? Kindly click on the comments section and share your views with us.
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