Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Incumbent presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gave his response on former Pasirwangi Police District Head Sulman Azis, who claimed to have been told to mobilize votes and support for his presidential candidacy.
"I have repeatedly said in meetings with Armed Forces (TNI) and Police leaders, that their politics is state politics where they must maintain neutrality. This is made very clear, there is no need for me to repeat it over and over again," said Jokowi after a campaign at the Aimas Convention Center Sorong District, West Papua, on Monday.
Sulman Azis' claims went rounds after he incriminated his senior officer, Garut Police Chief Adj. Grand Commissioner Budi Satria Wiguna, and alleging him of systematically attempting to coax the public on voting for the incumbent presidential candidate.
Responding to the allegation, Budi Satria Wiguna denied he issued such order and said that it might be Sulman who misunderstood an order. "There were no orders whatsoever in support of anyone," said Budi Satria Wiguna.