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Why Aisha Buhari barred phones at her Aso Rock meeting with presidential aspirants  

Why Aisha Buhari barred phones at her Aso Rock meeting with presidential aspirants

Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has invited all presidential aspirants from various political parties to a meeting on Saturday at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.

The meeting, it was gathered is for Iftar, a meal taken after sunset to break the Ramadan fasting.

The invitees were however instructed not to come along with their mobile devices, except their invitation cards which would serve as their entry pass.

Nigerian Sketch was informed by an Aso Rick source that the First Lady has been warry of what her media handers called ‘distortion’ and only wanted information about the meeting to be disseminated through her formal publicity apparatus.

He said she does not want the meeting to be “manipulated for anyone’s personal political gain.”

The source also said “since the meeting is expected to be informal, she does not want the interactions that will take place to become subject of political discourse at a time when elections are fast approaching.

“Take note that the First Lady is meeting all aspirants across party lines. So, there is tendency for some of them to want to make some political gains from the meeting, and she does not want that. She is just being careful, nothing more.”

Those that have indicated interest to contest the 2023 presidential elections include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu; former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, and former presidents of the Senate, Anyim Pius Anyim and Bukola Saraki.

Others are the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom  Wike; his Ebonyi State counterpart, Dave Umahi; that of Sokoto and Bauchi states, Aminu Tambuwal and Bala Mohammed, respectively.

Former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha; Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, among others, have also indicated interest to contest the 2023 presidential elections.

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Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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