Democratic Party Chairwoman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono returned to the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno winning team meeting. In fact, the meeting held at Prabowo's residence on Jalan Kertanegara, Jakarta, Wednesday (08/19/2018) night was considered important because it discussed the finalization of the winning team structure.
The meeting was also attended by the President of the Prosperous Justice Party and the Chairperson of the National Mandate Party. That is, only SBY is a coalition political party that was not present at the meeting. Meanwhile, Democratic Party Secretary General Hinca Pandjaitan was also invisible in Kertanegara. In fact, PKS Secretary General Mustafa Kamal and PAN Secretary General Eddy Soeparno were present at the meeting that night. The presence of the Democratic Party was only represented by the Deputy Chairperson of the Syarif Hasan Democratic Party.
Syarif also did not attend the meeting from start to finish. "Syarif Hasan came, but asked for permission because there were still internal Democratic meetings," said Secretary General Gerindra Party Ahmad Muzani.
Not just this time, SBY was present at the Prabowo-Sandi Coalition meeting. At a meeting at the house of Prabowo last September 7 which was attended by the Head of PKS and PAN, SBY was also absent. SBY's inactivity in Prabowo-Sandi's coalition had raised the issue that Democrats were not solid in supporting Prabowo-Sandiaga.
Since the beginning, the Democratic elite had indeed voiced objections because Prabowo chose Sandiaga as a vice president. Even Deputy Secretary General of the Democratic Party Andi Arief had accused Sandiaga of paying Rp. 500 billion in dowry to PKS and PAN so that the two parties would give up the vice chair for him.
The Democrats also later gave dispensations to their cadres who supported the Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf pair. At least, there are two Democrat cadres who have openly stated in favor of the incumbent, namely the Chairman of the Papua Democratic DPD Lukas Enembe and the Chair of the West Java Democratic Party's Advisory Council Deddy Mizwar. However, Ferdinand, Head of the Legal and Democratic Advocacy Division, denied the speculation. He also stressed that SBY's absence in a coalition meeting did not mean that the Democrats were not solid.