The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, will host presidential aspirants across political parties to an Iftar dinner at the Presidential Villa on Saturday.
This newspaper was however not able to confirm how many aspirants that have indicated interest to attend.
According to an invitation letter to the guests are instructed not to come along with their mobile devices, except their invitation cards which would serve as their entry pass.
The instruction will however not apply to the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, governors and ministers that are expected to attend.
The presidency however said there is nothing new in the instruction as it is part of the Villa protocol for guest to drop their phones at security checks.
The Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the First Lady, Aliyu Abdullah, who confirmed the meeting, said “There is nothing here. This is a standard operational protocol in the Villa when you are having either of the three occupants of the Presidency. If they are coming for an event, this is supposed to be DSS enforced.
“Whether the president is having an event or the Vice President is having an event or the First Lady is having an event, because outsiders will come, that’s the security and standard protocol.
“That does not apply to the Vice President. How can you expect that to apply to the Vice President or even to ministers.”