Vice President Jusuf Kalla. (ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Vice President Jusuf Kalla’s role in supporting Anies Rasyid Baswedan’s candidacy in the previous Jakarta Gubernatorial Election gets revealed slowly. After the General Chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN) revealed VP Jusuf Kalla’s role yesterday, the General Chairman of Unity Development Party (PPP) Romahurmuziy "Romi" spoke up yesterday (4/5).
Romi said that Anies was recommended to become the candidate of Jakarta Governor by Jusuf Kalla’s brother-in-law, Aksa Mahmud, 1.5 months prior to the registration of Jakarta governor and deputy governor candidate pairs. "As an old friend, I welcomed him. 15 years ago, Anies and I were in the same organization named Tanah Merdeka," Romi said, Thursday (4/5).
Then, he met Anies to discuss the political capital of Anies to compete in the Jakarta Gubernatorial Election. "As an old friend, we missed each other and talked about his political capital that made Anies confident to compete in the Jakarta Gubernatorial Election as he has to face a giant, Ahok’s electability was very high according to the surveys at that time," he said.
The discussion continued when Romi and Aksa Mahmud Mayapada Hospital to see Anies’ condition as he suffered dengue fever. After that, Romi and PPP agreed to support Anies as a governor candidate.
Romi and PPP asked the other political parties to join them and start a coalition as PPP Party only have ten cadres in Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD Jakarta). Starting from that time, Romi ‘promoted’ Anies to the General Chairman of PAN Party Zulkifli Hasan, General Chairman of Democratic Party Susilo "SBY" Bambang Yudhoyono, General Chairman of PKB Party Muhaimin Iskandar, and General Chairman of Gerindra Party Prabowo Subianto.
However, Romi failed to lobby the political parties as they decided to support candidate pair Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono-Sylviana Murni to compete in the Jakarta Gubernatorial Election.
Despite this, Romi kept supporting Anies and recommended him to the General Chairman of Gerindra Party, Prabowo Subianto. However, Prabowo wants Sandi to become the Governor candidate and Anies to become the Deputy Governor candidate.
Romi told Anies that if he insists on becoming a Deputy Governor, his relationship with PPP will end at that time.
Anies asked Romi to convince all political parties that his electability would reach 2-3 percent under Sandiaga by doing nothing. Despite this, Sandi has started his move in Jakarta for one year.
Romi tried hard to support Anies for the Jakarta Gubernatorial Election. However, his effort was pointless as all political parties refused to support Anies. As a result, PPP stopped supporting Anies to become the Jakarta governor candidate on September 22, 2016.
JK’S ROLE – Romi told JK’s role in supporting Anies. He told that Vice President Jusuf Kalla called him by phone on September 23, 2016, at 02.00 WIB (West Indonesia Time-Zone).
JK was in Caracas, Venezuela for a work visit. Romi answered the phone immediately at that time. Despite this, Romi was at a house of the General Chairman of Democratic Party, Susilo "SBY" Bambang Yudhoyono in Cikeas, Bogor, West Java. Romi was in the same room with SBY.
General Chairman of PKB Party, Muhaimin Iskandar, and General Chairman of PAN Party, Zulkifli Hasan, were also there. JK told Romi that the General Chairman of Gerindra Party, Prabowo Subianto, could accept Anies Baswedan as a governor candidate, and turn Sandiaga into a deputy governor candidate if PPP wants to start a coalition with Gerindra. When JK called Romi, PPP and PAN, PKB, and Democrat have reached an agreement to support candidate pair Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono-Sylviana Murni.
Romi told JK that PPP, Democratic Party, PKB, and PAN had made a decision to support candidate pair Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono-Sylviana Murni and they couldn’t cancel it.
General Chairman of PAN Party, Zulkifli Hasan, also revealed the role of Jusuf Kalla behind the candidacy of Anies in the Jakarta Gubernatorial Election. Zulkifli claimed that he must be honest in politics.
According to Zulkifli, JK brought a great influence although he only recommended Anies Baswedan’s name. "Mr. JK is a senior politician, a figure of HMI and KAHMI, an Islamic figure, and many Muslim scholars (Ulemas) asked questions to him. So, JK has a significant influence among Muslims," Zulkifli said to journalists in Jakarta, Thursday (4/5).
However, Jusuf Kalla declined that he intervened the candidacy of Anies Baswedan in the Jakarta Gubernatorial Election. JK only claimed that he only talked to some political party leaders, including Prabowo. (dtc/mfb)