By Timi Black
A Niger Delta rights activist Comrade Gabriel Patterson has said the VAT imbroglio has exposed the electoral, political and demographic fraud perpetrated by Northern Nigeria over the years.
This was stated in a press statement signed by himself in Port-harcourt.
The activist who is also the National Spokesman of Niger Delta Youth Association Worldwide, said it was an injustice to Nigerians for the Appeal Court which is largely controlled by Muslim Northerners to uphold a status quo, “Robbing Peter to pay Paul by the Federal Government’s collection of VATs” in states where it has no jurisdiction over land, adding that such actions are miscarriage of justice and abuse of the philosophy of law and judicial powers as such provision was not inline within the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to him, “VAT is tax paid on manufactured goods & others through the consumers.
Hence, if you claim that you have a large population that gives you electoral victory but cannot give you equal amount of funds through VAT, then something is wrong.
“This means that either a large percentage of your population is imported from outside Nigeria during every election period and returns back to their various countries after election meaning there is electoral fraud from a certain region in Nigeria or that your population live without patronizing products that are VAT accruable.”
The statement reads: “Then why should those you refer to as minorities continually fund you through living a modern lifestyle even in rural areas?
“For the Appeal Court largely controlled by Muslim Northerners to hold that status quo (Robbing Peter to pay Paul by the Federal Government collecting VATs in states where it has no jurisdiction over land) should be maintained over an item that is not contained within the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a miscarriage of justice and abuse of the philosophy of law and judicial powers”, he added.