Oyo State authorities has sought to affix within the swimsuit instituted by the Rivers State authorities looking for to take over the gathering of Value-Added Tax from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
The swimsuit is in opposition to the Attorney-General of Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
The Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities has been locked in a authorized battle with Rivers and Lagos states over which authorities ought to acquire Value-Added Tax- state or federal.
Instituted by the Attorney-General of Oyo State, Professor Oyelowo Oyewo, the swimsuit is looking for an order of the Appellate Court to allow the state be part of the swimsuit as an celebration, Tribune reviews.
In the swimsuit, Oyo State authorities is looking for two orders, that are an order of the courtroom becoming a member of the Attorney-General of Oyo State as a respondent on the enchantment with swimsuit quantity FHC/PH/CS/149/2020 and enchantment quantity CA/PH/282/2021, and every other order the courtroom might deem match.
Oyewo mentioned the state authorities was not conscious of the swimsuit between his Rivers State counterpart and the FIRS 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 Appeal Court 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.
The state authorities additionally signifies that the applicant (Attorney-General of Oyo State) “represents the interest of Oyo State government, whose interest in the collection of Value Added Tax within Oyo State will be impacted one way or another by any judgment delivered by this Court in this Appeal”.
The grounds claimed by the state authorities state amongst others that: “The applicant is a necessary party to this suit being a party who will be bound by the judgment of this court in this appeal.
“The interests of the applicant and that of the respondent, in this case, are similar, being states within the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
An affidavit filed in help of the movement said that it’s within the curiosity of justice that the courtroom grants the applying, including that the joinder wouldn’t prejudice the appellants/respondents.
It additionally said that Oyo, being one of many 36 states within the nation, can be affected by the choice of the Appeal Court, including that becoming a member of the state to the swimsuit already instituted by Rivers State will assist to keep away from multiplicity of fits by the states in opposition to the Nigerian authorities.
In a movement on discover additionally connected to the proceedings already filed earlier than the courtroom, Oyo State mentioned it relied on eight grounds and declared that the state is a essential celebration to be joined because it has ample curiosity within the end result of the enchantment.
“We, therefore, urge the court to resolve the sole issue raised in this application in favour of the applicant and hold that the Applicant is a proper, desirable and necessary party to be joined in this appeal…
“In conclusion, we humbly urge your Lordships to grant this application in the interest of justice and effective determination of the issues before the court,” it mentioned.