State Secretary Pratikno has asked former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to leave President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo out of his personal feud with former anti-graft chief Antasari Azhar who has accused the ex-president of orchestrating a murder case against him, The Jakarta Post Online reported on Thursday.
He said that Antasari, former head of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), was acting alone when he made the accusation against Yudhoyono.
Pratikno insisted that the government did not have any hidden agenda when granting clemency to Antasari.
Jokowi granted clemency to Antasari on January 25. One day afterward, he met with President Jokowi at the state palace the president, said Pratikno, shared his experiences as a KPK leader.
Yodhoyono slammed Jokowi on Tuesday, accusing the president of using Antasari to attack him and his family. Yodhoyono made the remarks before the Jakarta gubernatorial election in which his son, Agus Harimurti, was a candidate.
President Jokowi is yet to respond to Yodhoyono’s latest attack against him.
Tensions between the incumbent president and his predecessor have been brewing for months, particularly since the start of the gubernatorial election which saw Agus pitting against Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Burnama, a close ally of Jokowi.