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The Court of Appeal, Abuja on Wednesday relisted Eyitayo Jegede as candidate of PDP in November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

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Justice Ibrahim Saulaawa, who led two other Justices in a unanimous decision held that the Federal High Court erred in its October 14  ruling.

Justice Okon Abang had in that ruling substituted Jegede’s name with Jimoh Ibrahim as the governorship candidate of the party.

Saulaawa said the law forbade the trial court or any other court from denying interested parties  fair hearing.

He also held that the court equally erred when it ordered INEC to remove the name of the appellant from its nomination register.

The Judge said, Ibrahim who benefited from that `strange order’ was never a party in the suit.

“Justice Okon Abang should know that the Constitution and the Electoral Act empowers only the national leadership of political parties to nominate political candidates.

“The trial judge on his own, without allowing parties to present their arguments went ahead to deliver that ruling.

“There is no gainsaying that the extant appeal is meritorious and therefore allowed,” he said

The judge said: “consequently, the October 14 judgement ruling of the trial court is hereby set aside and the appellant.”