Depok. Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil on Thursday (21/12) said he will maintain communication with all three political parties that have endorsed him to run for governor of West Java next year to reach a final agreement on selecting his running mate.
His statement came after the Golkar Party withdrew support for him on Monday due to Ridwan's failure to announce Golkar member Daniel Muttaqien as his deputy governor running mate.
Although Golkar, which claims 17 seats in the West Java Legislative Council, revoked its support, the United Development Party (PPP), the Awakening Party (PKB) and the National Democratic Party (NasDem) are still continuing to endorse Ridwan as he prepares to run for governor.
However, PPP and PKB have both proposed deputy governor candidates and threatened to withdraw their support if Ridwan does not pick their candidate, which would force Ridwan to withdraw from the race for not claiming support of at least 20 percent of all seats in the provincial legislature. PPP endorsed Tasikmalaya district head Uu Ruzhanul Ulum, while PKB proposed the party's West Java chairman Syaiful Huda and lawmaker Maman Imanulhaq.
"I will meet party officials and leaders to synchronize our point of view so we can have an agreement on the [deputy governor's] candidacy," Ridwan told reporters after the "Finding Solution for Challenges in West Java's Development 2018-2023" dialogue in Depok, West Java.
He added that his future running mate must display leadership, electability and chemistry.
Ridwan said he fully accepted Golkar's withdrawal, as he is only "an object that has no capacity to make a final decision," thus he will focus on the three parties left to ensure their full support until the candidate registration in January.
"I have limitations, but God willing, the ending will be a positive one. I'm optimistic we can bridge our differences to reach an agreement," he added.
West Java will hold its gubernatorial election in June next year for the 2018-2023 period.