BONSERNEWS.com – Executive Director of the Institute for Democracy and Strategic Affairs (Indostrategi) Khoirul Umam is of the view that the meeting of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) cadres Budiman Sujatmiko to Prabowo Subianto was considered as something unique as well as ironic.
According to Khairul Umam, the meeting between Budiman Sujatmiko and the General Chair of the Gerindra Party showed a sign of the strengthening of consolidation among former 98 activists in Prabowo Subianto’s circle.
“This is certainly unique and ironic. It is unique because Prabowo has finally been able to convince the nodes of the power network that used to be very effective in degrading him in the 2014 and 2019 presidential elections (pilpres), “said Khoirul Umam.
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Apart from that, said Khairul Umam, the meeting was also ironic because Budiman Sujatmiko was an activist who was known for not having good relations with figures close to the New Order.
“Of course this maneuver will trigger great disappointment from the people who still care about the history of reform, but today’s political nature has indeed changed,” said the Lecturer in Political Science and International Studies at Paramadina University.
Furthermore, Khairul Umam assessed that indications of divisions within the PDI-P internal body were increasingly visible when Budiman visited Prabowo Subianto’s residence.
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Moreover, Budiman Sujatmiko’s statement underlined the importance of a leader who has a military background, is senior and experienced in dealing with global uncertainties.
This clearly implies his political support for Prabowo Subianto’s candidacy in the 2024 presidential election.
In fact, PDIP is currently supporting Ganjar Pranowo as a presidential candidate in the upcoming presidential election.
“Budiman’s maneuvers this time seem to be completely out of PDIP control. He took this step as a reaction to the efforts of certain internal PDIP parties who tried to marginalize their role in PDIP,” said Khairul Umam.
“This is indicated by Budiman not being given a proper nomination position, and he was also not involved in the team to win Ganjar Pranowo’s presidential election,” he added.
According to Khoirul Umam, Budiman Sujatmiko currently feels that he has no burden and chooses to be a “free particle” who does not seem to want to be dictated by the organizational rules of the PDIP party constitution.