JAKARTADAILY.ID - President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gave a speech via video at the commemoration of the 15th Birthday of the Great Indonesia Movement Party or Gerindra. President Jokowi's video remarks were played on a big screen which was witnessed by Gerindra leaders and cadres at the Gerindra Central Leadership Council Office, Ragunan, Jakarta, Monday, February 6, 2023.
"First of all, I wish you a happy 15th anniversary of the Gerindra Party. I also want to congratulate the Gerindra Party for its extraordinary achievements. If you work hard and continue to boost the Gerindra Party, it has the potential to be at the top. And Pak Prabowo's electability also has the potential to become the highest," said Jokowi.
According to Jokowi, if party cadres continue to work hard, then Gerindra's electability has the potential to excel in the 2024 general election (Pemilu).
"Thank you to Mr. President Joko Widodo for agreeing to give his message via video. Mr. Joko Widodo's signature is always short, concise but his kicks are not bad," said Prabowo Subianto in front of the cadres.
He admitted that he was happy when he was invited to join the cabinet in Jokowi's government, which meant that this was Indonesian democracy. Another reason is the bigger interest, to show the world how democracy works in Indonesia.
"That we were once rivals with Pak Joko Widodo, but in the end, for the sake of the country, he had a big heart and invited me. And, I did not hesitate to accept the invitation," he explained.
Prabowo said when he entered Jokowi's second government cabinet as defense minister, there were several cadres who disagreed with his decision, but in the end, all understood this decision.
"Even though there were people in this room who didn't support me at that time. Right? What's the voice like that? That's our party, you're allowed to have different opinions. You're allowed to criticize. But once a decision is made, everyone obeys. Everyone is unified," he said.
The 15th anniversary of the Gerindra Party was also attended by a number of party elites bearing the Garuda bird's head symbol, including Hasim Djojohadikusumo's Board of Trustees, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, Taufik Hidayat who is also Chair of the West Java DPD.