Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari has invited all Presidential aspirants from various political parties to the State House Conference Centre on Saturday, April 23, 2022, for a Ramadan Iftar dinner.
This was contained in an invitation letter addressed to several aspirants as sighted by INTEL REGION.
The invitees were instructed not to come along with their mobile devices, except for their invitation cards which would serve as their entry pass.
The invite reads “Please, bring this card with you. Phones are not allowed”.
However, INTEL REGION was informed that this directive will not apply to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and governors and ministers who are expected to be at the meeting.
On the directive on disallowing phones, the spokesperson of the First Lady, Aliyu Abdullahi said, “There is nothing here. This is a standard operational protocol in the Villa when you are having a meeting with either of the three occupants of the Presidency.”
“If they are coming for an event, this is supposed to be DSS enforced when 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?”
Presidental Aspirants who had declared for the 2023 presidential election, include a former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Governor David Umahi; Governor Nyesom Wike, and ex-Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Governor Yahaya Bello, Governor Emmanuel Udom, former Senate President Ken Nnamani, Revolution Now Activists, Omoyele Sowoere among others are expected in attendance.
The First Lady had earlier hosted the wives of service chiefs and other top government functionaries at the State House, Abuja, to break the Ramadan fast.
She said the Ramadan period provided Nigerians with an opportunity to re-educate themselves in fasting and prayers to ensure peace and development of the country.