Why Fear Grips PDP As Appeal Court Is Set To Give Judgement That May Return Secondus As PDP Chairman
The opposition People's Democratic Party, PDP is in panic as the Appeal Court is set to deliver a judgment that may return Uche Secondus as PDP National Chairman. Secondus who is not happy with the way he was treated is in court to enforce his rights enshrined in the PDP constitution that he is entitled to complete his 4 years tenure and seek re-election.
Final outcomes of elections in Nigeria are often decided by the Supreme Court. This is due to the fact that many candidates approach the Court to challenge unfavourable results from the polls. In recent times, we have seen groups, and concerned citizens, joining the trend.
The suspended national chairman of the PDP Prince Uche Secondus is not giving up with his plans to ensure that he is not humiliated out of office after he was duly elected as the National Chairman of the PDP at the 2017 National Convention of the party. Photo Credit: Vanguard
The suspended National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus is optimistic that the Appeal Court will return him as PDP National Chairman and consequently void the National Convention of the PDP that is scheduled to take place on October 30 and 31st. Photo Credit: Vanguard According to Nation newspaper, Secondus has made it clear that he won't withdraw his case in court despite the pressure been mounted on him by some PDP stakeholders to do so.
Is Northern Govs Gradually Winning As Appeal Court Halts Lagos And Rivers State From Collecting VAT?
It is no longer news that the two Southern governors, Sir Nyesom Wike of Rivers state and Jide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State have recently embarked on the process of enacting and implementing the collection of VAT commonly known as the Value Added Tax in their states as a measure to boost their state's economic stability.
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, yesterday, Friday inaugurated the Rivers State Tax Appeal Commission, shortly after Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal instructed FIRS and State Governments to maintain status quo in the collection of VAT. According to report, the Commission that was inaugurated by the Rivers State governor is saddled with the responsibility to ensure taxable individuals and companies respect and also comply with the rules of the newly introduced Rivers State Value Added Tax, VAT law.
A Court of Appeal in Abuja today, Friday ordered Rivers State and Lagos State governments to stop the collection of Value Added Tax, VAT, till the application filled by the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, is determined. According to Peoples Gazette report, the Appeal Court handed down the ruling today in Abuja, making it clear that all the parties should maintain the status quo, until an application that was raised by the FIRS has been dispensed.
The battle for VAT collection between the Federal Inland Revenue Service and Rivers, Lagos States Government is getting interesting. Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State today signed into law the VAT Bill which the Lagos State House of Assembly passed two days ago. Photo Credit: Business Daily Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has already concluded arrangements for Rivers to start collecting VAT within its territory this September.
The contentious bill which Governor Wike passed into law in Rivers State and also Governor Sanwo-Olu recently passed into law in Lagos State has taken a new twist. Recall that Governor Wike had through the ruling of the federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt in its judgment last month in a suit marked FHC/PH/CS/149/2020 which held that the Rivers State Government had the powers to collect VAT within its territory.
As the argument for who has the right to collect Value Added Tax between the Federal Inland Revenue Service and the State governments continued to gain attention across the states, the only option available for states with low VAT is to start thinking outside the box and harness their untapped potentials.
The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal on Thursday granted the application by Lagos State, through its Attorney-General, Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN, to be made a respondent in the appeal filed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service on the controversial Value Added Tax. Delivering judgement on Thursday in the application filed by Lagos, Justice Haruna Tsanami, held that Lagos had proven beyond reasonable doubt that it has sufficient interest to protect by being made a party in the case.
In Nigeria, due to the difference in natural resources and productivity, some states especially in the Southern region produces higher internal revenue from the companies, industries and Oil wealth. States like Lagos and Rivers which are located at the south are the richest States in Nigeria and the recent VAT reforms proposed by the Governor of each state
On Friday, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, ordered both Rivers and Lagos State to maintain status quo on the collection of VAT (Value Added Tax), pending the determination of an appeal that was lodge before it by the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.
It is no longer news that the issue of value added tax VAT has generated a lot of controversy in Nigeria since the Rivers state government took the issue to court. The State argued at the court that as a federating unit, the States according to the 1999, constitution as amended, should be in the rightful place to collect VAT, and not the federal government through the Federal in revenue Service FIRS.
The Appeal Court's Ruling on the VATS Collection Row Favors Rivers State Government - Mike Ozekhome clarifies
A renowned human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, has clarified that the recent judgment of the Appeal Court on the matter brought before it by The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) challenging the ruling of the high court which had granted Rivers State the authority to collect Value Added Tax (VAT), backed the state.
Despite a court decision prohibiting Rivers from collecting VAT, Governor Babajide Sanwo-administration Olu's has determined to collect the tax in Lagos. Gbenga Omotoso, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, told Peoples Gazette that the state had put in place the equipment to collect VAT.
The Rivers State Government has filed a case against the FG over the collection VAT seeking disbandment of the Appeal Court judgment to maintain the status quo According to a report, the Rivers State Government through its Attorney General has approached the Supreme Court to disband the ruling by the Appeal Court to maintain the status quo on the collection of VAT.
Will the VAT reform policy of Wike and Sanwo-Olu affect the emergence of southern President in 2023?
Governor Wike of Rivers State and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State have both taken bold and courageous steps to sign the contentious VAT bill into law. Though, there has been an order by the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja restraining Governor Wike and Governor Sanwo-Olu from going ahead with this new VAT law because of a file application by FIRS which is the federal government agency charged with the initial responsibility of collecting VAT.
According to reports, as per DAILY POST, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has stopped both the Rivers and Lagos State Governments from the immediate collection of Value Added Tax in their respective states. In his judgement, Justice Haruna Simon Tsnami forbade the Nyesom Wike-led Rivers government from collecting VAT within its domain until all legal disputes concerning the issue are resolved.
The forthcoming 2023 presidential election has undoubtedly begun to dominate the discussions of many political actors in Nigeria. The election, which would produce a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari, whose second-term would come to an end in 2023, has continued to generate a lot of debates between the North and Southern regions of the country.