‘I Was Ridiculed, Derided For Believing We Could Defeat PDP’

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has noted how he and other party officials were ridiculed and derided when they conceived the idea of displacing 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, the party leader spurred youths not to ever give up on their ideas “even if no one believes in you.”

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The APC leader who was represented by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, said that the youths should learn from APC’s story, as they strive to achieve their dreams.

The former governor of Lagos State, emphasised that the journey of the party’s merger started in the minds of a selected few. His words: “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 pronounced.

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