The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has instructed the federal government to shelve its plans on the planned increase in Value Added Tax(VAT).

He said increasing VAT meant reducing the purchasing power of the people.

Tinubu stated this in Abuja while speaking at the 11th Bola Tinubu Colloquium held in commemoration of his 67th birthday said the Osinbajo led team should ensure all Nigerians who have been evading tax be made to do so.

In another development, the Ogun state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has refused to attend the yearly Bola Tinubu Colloquium, which held in Abuja on Thursday.
It was gathered that Amosun remains the only South-West governor who didn’t honour the national leader with his presence.

In attendance were Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, his Ekiti State counterpart, Governor Kayode Fayemi; and Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola.

Others present include: Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State; his Bauchi State counterpart, Mohammed Abubakaar; Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu; former Governor Rauf Aregbesola and Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Amosun, who has been suspended by the party has been at loggerheads with Tinubu for denying him the opportunity of handpicking his successor.


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