Edo to prosecute volunteers at state party Secretariats for tax evasion
The Edo state government may have concluded plans to charge all volunteers at the State Secretariats of all the 62 registered political parties in the country with tax evasion.
An indication to this effect emerged yesterday as the volunteers working at the state secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP got information to this effect although efforts to confirm the development failed.
The move has however been condemned by the Edo state Movement for Good Governance, in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Mr Osagie Erabor.
He said that the action if true, amounts to an orchestrated Persecution Policy by the APC and the state government to cow, intimidate and silence the opposition, especially PDP in the state.
The statement read, “We have received information that the Edo APC State government led by Governor Godwin Obaseki has sunk to a new low by the execution of the next stage of their persecution policy on PDP, its leadership and perceived opponents in the state”.
“The People’s Democratic Party and their State Chairman, Chief Dan Osi Orbih appeared in court , June 5, 2018. Chief Orbih is charged with the rather curious allegation of not forcing the volunteers in PDP office to pay tax. However, he is not charged or accused of not paying tax!”.
The statement argued that the, “accusation exposes this APC government for what they are. Hypocrites and parasites! There are over 69 political parties in Nigeria and at least 10 that are active in Edo state, APC included”.
The movement wondered why none of the other political parties is being prosecuted whereas they too have volunteer workers in their secretariats adding that the action is akin to the case of campaign funds.
The movement advised the APC and the state government to befriend the electorate if they want their votes and support in the 2019 general election.
“They should address the insecurity challenges of herdsmen in Edo State, unemployment, sacked workers in Government institutions, vandalised Edo line, mismanaged Benin storm Water project, the central hospital mess and other challenges begging for solutions”.