Satuan Relawan Indonesia Raya (Satria), an organization affiliated with the Gerindra Party, has handed over the decision on the proposal to make Solo Mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka the running mate for Prabowo Subianto in the upcoming presidential election to Prabowo and the leaders of the Koalisi Indonesia Maju (KIM). Bambang Haryadi, the Chairman of Satria, emphasized that their organization cannot officially nominate presidential or vice presidential candidates according to the law.
“We leave it to them (the authorities who have the right to nominate candidates). But I am sure that they will listen to and accept the aspirations of the people for the good of the nation in the future,” Bambang said in a press conference in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday (10/10/2023).
When asked if he has communicated with Prabowo or Gibran regarding this proposal, Bambang did not provide a clear answer. He only stated that they will convey the proposal to Prabowo and the Koalisi Indonesia Maju.
“Whether the proposal will be carried forward or not, we leave it to them, but this is the agreement of all Satria officials who want Prabowo-Gibran to be the presidential and vice presidential candidates in the 2024 election,” he said.
In a separate statement, Gibran Rakabuming Raka revealed that he has already reported to the central board of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) regarding the multiple requests for him to become Prabowo Subianto’s running mate. As for the response from the PDI-P, Gibran said that it should be delivered by the central board.
“It’s better for them to deliver it. What is clear is that I have reported it to the leadership. That’s the situation,” said Gibran in Solo, Central Java, on Tuesday.
The eldest son of President Jokowi added that as a party member, he has an obligation to report any situation to the leadership.
“We, as subordinates, are obligated to report the situation, and we have already reported it,” he said.
Currently, there are three potential presidential candidates who are expected to compete in the 2024 election. Prabowo is supported by the Koalisi Indonesia Maju, which consists of the Gerindra Party, Golkar Party, PAN, Democratic Party, Crescent Star Party, and Gelora Party.
Ganjar Pranowo is supported by the PDI-P, PPP, Perindo Party, and Hanura Party as a potential presidential candidate.
And finally, Anies Baswedan and Muhaimin Iskandar, supported by the Koalisi Perubahan untuk Persatuan (Coalition for Unity and Change) consisting of the Nasdem Party, PKB, and PKS, are also potential candidates for the presidency.