Oyo state authorities has filed an software earlier than a courtroom of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to affix a lawsuit instituted by the Rivers State Government towards the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Federal Inland Revenue Services in respect to the bid by the state to take over the gathering of the Value Added Tax (VAT) from the federal authorities.
This was conveyed in a press release launched by Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde.
In the swimsuit instituted by the Attorney-General of Oyo State Prof Oyelowo Oyewo, the South-West state hunted for an order of the Appellate Court to affix the swimsuit as an occasion.
“In the swimsuit, the Government of Oyo State is searching for two orders, viz: an order of the Honourable Court becoming a member of the Attorney-General of Oyo State as a respondent on the attraction with swimsuit quantity FHC/PH/CS/149/2020 and attraction quantity CA/PH/282/2021 and every other order the Court could deem match.
“According to the Attorney-General of Oyo State, the federal government of Oyo State was unaware of the swimsuit between the Attorney-General of Rivers State and the Federal Inland Revenue Service on the Federal High Court till the judgment was delivered.
“Other grounds upon which the applying was based mostly embody that the choice of the appellate courtroom will have an effect on the gathering of VAT by the federal government of Oyo State, being one of many states which the judgment of the decrease courtroom recognised as entitled to gather VAT inside its territorial jurisdiction.
“Oyo State Government additionally signifies that the applicant, Attorney-General of the State, represents the curiosity of the Oyo State Government, whose curiosity within the assortment of VAT inside Oyo State can be impacted a method or one other by any judgment delivered by this Honourable Court on this attraction.”
The Oyo state authorities justified the applying by saying it’s one of many 36 states of Nigeria, that will be affected by the choice of the appellate courtroom.
The assertion added;
“The applicant is a mandatory occasion to this swimsuit being a celebration who can be sure by the judgment of this Honourable Court on this Appeal.
“The pursuits of the applicant and that of the respondent on this case are related being states throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
It added that becoming a member of the state to the swimsuit already instituted by Rivers would assist to keep away from multiplicity of fits by the states towards the Federal Government.
In a Motion on Notice, additionally hooked up to the proceedings already filed earlier than the courtroom, Oyo State stated it relied on eight grounds and declared that the state was a mandatory occasion to be joined because it has enough curiosity within the end result of the attraction.
The state additional argued that after going by way of its processes, the Appellate Court will discover that the applying is important and that it has enough curiosity within the dedication of the attraction as one of many states of the Federation.
It quoted a number of authorized authorities and concluded thus: “we, subsequently, urge the honourable courtroom to resolve the only subject raised on this software in favour of the applicant and maintain that the applicant is a correct, fascinating and mandatory occasion to be joined on this attraction.