Tax query: PDP accuses Presidency of complicity

The Peoples Democratic Party   has said  the alleged discrepancies in the tax collected by  the Federal Inland Revenue Services has confirmed its allegation that the Muhammadu Buhari  government  is corrupt.

In a  letter dated August 8, 2019 and addressed to the FIRS Chairman Babatunde Fowler by the Chief of Staff to the President Abba  Kyari,  the FIRS boss was asked to explain the  significant variances in budgeted collections and actual collections of tax in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. But in  a statement  on Monday  by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan,  the PDP  accused   the Presidency of complicity  in the alleged  discrepancies in the  tax collection. Ologbondiyan said, “The party notes that Nigerians are not deceived by the desperation of the  agents of the Presidency to cover its complicity by seeking a fall guy in  Babatunde Fowler. “The PDP says that a critical study of the leaked correspondence from   Abba Kyari to the FIRS chairman in  the wake of the revelation of financial discrepancies at FIRS totally betrays the complicity of the cabal in the Presidency. “The correspondence also further confirms that our nation and its  economy have been in the strangulating grips of a corrupt cabal, who has evidently hijacked the statutory roles and responsibilities of government agencies, leading to the crippling of our system in the last four years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s misrule.” He added, “The stealing of our taxes by APC agents has brought so much anguish to Nigerians who suffer the brunt of collapsed infrastructure, decaying social amenities and a crippled national economy. “The PDP therefore urges the National Assembly to come to the rescue by holding a public inquest into the handling of the  taxes collected by the FIRS in the last four years, take urgent steps to recover the stolen funds and channel such into projects that have direct bearing on the welfare of Nigerians.”


Source: Punch