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Agbaje flays Fashola over tax, Ambode pledges better deal


THE governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has challenged Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola to present the receipt of the make-up tax he was alleged to have paid after the claims of evading land use charges on his business premises.

   Agbaje, who last week denied paying N500,000 after the governor’s allegation, said neither he nor his pharmaceutical company took such a step.

   Fashola had alleged last weekend that the PDP governorship candidate had paid N500,000 of the total sum of N1.6 million reportedly owed as backlog of three years’ land use charge tax.

   “Good enough, Fashola is a lawyer, so he knows the maxim that: He that alleges must prove. So I challenge the governor to show Lagosians the receipt issued to either me or JayKay Pharmacy since February,” he said at the weekend in a statement by his Director of Publicity, Felix Oboagwina.

   He added that it is strange that the governor would equate an individual with a corporate entity.

   “It is basic law, civil, contract, criminal, that an individual is different from corporate body, and one cannot benefit from or suffer for what the other has done,” he said. 

   According to him, JayKay Pharmacy discovered a matter of overbilling, wrote a protest letter to the state authorities, and was waiting for government’s response to the matter, while going ahead to pay charges due to the computed value on the said property.

Tax relief, leave bonus for workers 

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos, Akin Ambode has promised tax relief, leave bonus and other incentives to workers if elected as governor.

   He spoke recently at Eko Club, Surulere on various issues which includes his voluntary retirement from the civil service before the age of 50, pointing out that tax relief is a constitutional right and it would promptly be granted to whoever is entitled. 

   He also gave a detailed explanation on leave bonus, pledging that since workers prefer the lump sum payment, he would ensure this.

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