Name Mahfud believed could win because it has a strong influence among Muslim scholars and religious leaders of Islamic boarding schools in the region Pasuruan , Probolinggo , Situbondo , Bondowoso , Jember , and Banyuwangi .
" Prabowo - Hatta certain to win in the Horseshoe , not because of the name - presidential running mate , but because of his Mahfud MD , " said Chairman of the Board Tanfidz Nahdlatul Ulama ( NU ) Branch Bondowoso , KH Abdul Qadir Sham , in Jakarta, Monday ( 26 / 5/2014 ) .
Moreover , he continued , in the horseshoe area there are hundreds of boarding schools the number of students reaching millions of people .
( Read: membuat sangkar burung )
" Mr. Mahfud itself has been intensively to establish communication with prominent scholars in Horseshoe even when he was made a candidate by PKB . Communication it is still good , " he added .
The scholars and religious leaders in Horseshoe also already know the capacity and capability of personal Mahfud MD as a statesman is clean . He hoped , if Prabowo - Hatta win , Mahfud MD will occupy strategic positions in the government - Hatta leader Prabowo .
Former Chairman of the Constitutional Court who was also the presidential candidate of the National Awakening Party ( PKB ) was finally accepted an offer to become chairman Prabowo - Hatta winning team . Besides Mahfud , Rhoma Irama , who was also a presidential candidate PKB , also joined in timses Prabowo - Hatta .