In what could be described as a novel development in Nigerian politics, members of the Justice Must Prevail Party, JMPP, led by Chukwuemeka Ezeife, a former Anambra state governor, publicly took an anti-corruption and good governance oath ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Ezeife, a former special adviser on Political Matters to ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo, created a dramatic scene as he stood barefooted and held a bible while undertaking the oath at a press conference in Abuja.
The oath of the Chairman of the JMPP Board of Trustees was subsequently sealed by a Bishop upon completion.
Other members of the party who took part in the oath allegiance include Olusegun Iyagbemi, National Chairman of JMPP and Sarah Jubrin, a former presidential aspirant.
According to Iyagbemi, the party decided to make a pact with Nigerians through the oath, which will govern the conduct the affairs of its members if elected into office.
Enumerating the details of the pledge, he said, “The pillars of our oath include; I shall not steal any party or government’s fund or resources from one naira upward, I shall not collect any gift that will influence my decisions while serving in office as a JMPP candidate and I shall not give or receive bribe or engage in any sexual harassment, homosexuality or lesbianism.
“I shall not award any contract to myself or personal company directly or indirectly.”