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The Governor of Rivers State, Governor Nyesome Wike has to be cautioned by two leaders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) based on the recent moves that the southern governor has displayed. Governor Nyesome Wike has requested that the Federal Government should allow each state in Nigeria to generate a Valued Added Tax (VAT) by themselves without carrying the governors' forum along.
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The Federal Government is the agency that generates the Valued Added Tax (VAT) since its inception. Some states cannot generate much money on their own compared to other industrialized states in the south. It is the duty of the Federal Government to make sure that every state in Nigeria benefits from these funds from VAT. The Federal Government will generate the tax and then distribute it to every state in Nigeria based on the principle of derivation.
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Governor Nyesome Wike has forgotten that some states in Nigeria will be in abject poverty if they are left alone to generate Valued Added Tax by themselves. Another move that Wike took that he needs to be warned by his leaders is the way he drags issues with the northerners. Some northern governors have rejected Wike's ideas on VAT, but Wike also fired back at them. Wike has forgotten that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) needs the support of those in the north to win in the next presidential election.
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The first PDP leader that should warn Wike is former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo is one of the greatest leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and he has been contributing to the progress of the party in many areas. Obasanjo should explain to Nyesome Wike the need for him to carry all other governors in Nigeria along whenever he thinks about an opinion. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) needs to find the favour of everybody in Nigeria and Wike should be carrying others along.
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Lastly, former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan should be the second person to warn Wike on the way he is dragging issues with the northerners. Jonathan should explain to Wike that most of the votes that we produce in Nigeria directly comes from the northern part of the country. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) needs the support of the northerners than any political party in Nigeria. Wike should stop creating scenes with northern governors.
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