VAT: I’ll Accept Court Decision – Samuel Ortom

Samuel Ortom

Following the controversy surrounding who collects the Value Added Tax (VAT), the Benue state governor Samuel Ortom has said as long as the decision is done according to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he would give it his backing.

He, therefore, commended his Rivers and Lagos state counterparts, Nyesom Wike and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, respectively, for taking the bold step of resorting to the law court for adjudication.

The Governor who made his position known while speaking with newsmen in Makurdi on Friday (before the Appeal Court judgment) said, he has instructed the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mike Gusa to look at the law and the implication thereof and report back to him.

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Ortom said, “As long as it (decision taken on VAT) conforms with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, whether it affects me positively or negatively, I’ll accept it.

“And I support my colleagues in Rivers and Lagos states for what they are doing. They are law-abiding citizens and I’m a proponent of someone who believes in the rule of law and due process.

“Anything we have to do, let us do it and when you have issues, go to court and let the court adjudicate and give justice. So anything that is done according to the rule of law, let’s accept.

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“If the Appeal Court judgment says the judgment was not right, we will accept it; if the Supreme Court finally decides on what happens, we will accept it.

“I told my Attorney General to look at the law and the implication of what it is, if it’s a constitutional provision, I have no objections to that and I’ll support it.” he pledged.

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