National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu says he and other party officials were mocked at and derided when they conceived the idea of forcing the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from power two years ago.
Speaking at the African Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Nigeria, AYEEN 2015 programme in Lagos at the weekend, Tinubu urged youths never to give up on their ideas “even if no one believes in you.”
Tinubu, who was represented by the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, said that the youths should learn from APC’s story in the as they strive to achieve their dreams.
“If I didn’t believe in the bold initiative, I wouldn’t have lent myself to the unprecedented merger of the political parties that became the APC. We wouldn’t have challenged the incumbent party controlling the central government, People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
“There is no incumbent that has ever lost an election in this country. At the beginning of that journey, we were laughed at, we weren’t given a chance. We were told that we have embarked on an exercise in futility. Yet we believed in the justness of our call. The criticism didn’t deter us but encourage us.
“That exercise has become a history-making exercise. The party that was described as dead on arrival has, however, given birth to a new government, spirit and better democracy,” he said.