The Court of Appeal in Abuja has reacted with a controversial ruling after the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, had joined his counterpart in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo- Olu, to stop the federal government from collecting Value Added Tax (VAT) from their states.
The Court of Appeal in a ruling on Friday by Justice Haruna Simon Tsanami directed that the law passed by Rivers State House of Assembly which stops the federal government from collect VAT be put on hold.
What Wike Said Concerning His Decision To Stop FG From Collecting VAT In Rivers
Wike had said: ” People say that let heaven not fall but sometimes I believe that heaven should come down so that everybody will rest…When we do the right thing, heaven is at peace. So, the right thing must be done at all times.
” Rivers State is challenging FIRS from collecting VAT in Rivers State. I am not challenging FIRS from collecting VAT in Abuja. Let it be understood. But the law says Rivers must collect VAT in the state. ”
” The Federal Government surreptitiously lobbied to amend the constitution to place VAT collection under the exclusive legislative list. We have challenged it and we have no apologies to anybody.
” I don’ t want to be in the good book of anybody but in the good book of God. You don’ t bully a state like us. FIRS should be very careful. I have the political will to do a lot of things. If they continue to bully us, I will take all their offices in the state. ‘ ‘
Reactions Trail Following Appeal Court’ s Ruling Against Wike
@Evangelist Joseph said, ” Useless court, Federal court will never support good governance in this country no matter what it entails. They are use to obstruct justice in the country. ”
@Africa First said, ” No court can stop anyone from collecting vat, FG will not collect vat, they should kill themselves. ”