Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The United Development Party (PPP) is considering the prospects of supporting former Jakarta deputy governor and businessman Sandiaga Uno in the 2024 presidential election, with several members of its branch executive board (DPC) promoting his candidacy for PPP chairman.
PPP secretary-general Arsul Sani said the party was looking for a figure who could represent the young generation and Islam.
"We are considering supporting Sandiaga in 2024 as a presidential or vice-presidential candidate," he told the press on Wednesday.
Sandiaga was one of several names submitted by the DPC to lead the party.
Others include acting party chairman and National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa, who is also Sandiaga's uncle, as well as East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa, former East Java deputy governor Saifullah "Gus Ipul" Yusuf and businessman-cum-politician Muhammad Mardiono.
Voting for PPP chairmanship will take place during the party's congress, which is scheduled to be held in December.
However, Arsul dismissed the notion of Sandiaga becoming the party's chairman as PPP articles of association and bylaws (AD/ART) only allow party members to take on leadership positions.
He added that the party would consider the possibility of making Sandiaga the party's chairman if he was willing to move from the Gerindra Party.
Sandiaga is currently a Gerindra deputy chairman, a position he took on several months after running as a vice-presidential candidate alongside current Defense Minister and Gerindra chairman Prabowo Subianto in the 2019 presidential election. The pair lost to incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and running mate Ma'ruf Amin.
Despite the defeat, Sandiaga – who currently does not hold a public position – has appeared in several national-level surveys alongside other political figures, including Prabowo, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo and Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan. The three figures were speculated as potential candidates in the 2024 presidential race.
According to a survey from Jakarta-based pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia in September, Sandiaga's electability rating was 8.8 percent, the fourth-highest after Ganjar, Prabowo and Anies.