The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has invited presidential aspirants to an Iftar dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Saturday.
The invitation was extended to all presidential hopefuls across political parties.
Therefore, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, 17 aspirants from the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) including Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike; former vice president, Atiku Abubakar and others in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are expected to grace the occasion.
The invitation card for the event that was in circulation on Thursday, advised those participating not to come along with their mobile devices.
It stated that their invitation cards will serve as their entry pass.
The Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the First Lady, Aliyu Abdullah, clarified that it is standard protocol for guests at events in the President Villa, to be requested not to go in with phones.
“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.”