SUMMARY OF AG BENDEL V. AG FEDERATION

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MAIN MATTER

  1. That the Joint Finance Committee does not have the constitutional right to send an appropriate/money bill directly to the president without first going back to the national assembly 
  2. Talks about legislative procedure on constitutionality of an act

 

FACT OF THE CASE OF AG BENDEL V. AG FEDERATION 

AG Bendel v. AG Federation
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria forwarded a bill to the National
Assembly titled Allocation of Revenue setting out a new formula for the
distribution of amount standing to credit of the Federation Account. The bill was
unconstitutionally passed as the Joint Finance Committee were supposed to have
passed it back to the Houses for it to be passed at a joint meeting. Instead it was
sent straight to the President from the Committee. The Government of Bendel
State was dissatisfied with the way the National Assembly exercised their
legislative power and challenged the constitutionality of the Act. It was held to
be null and void as it failed to follow legislative procedure.

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