By Achadu Gabriel
Son of the foremost 1st Mayor of Enugu, Abdulkareem Balarabe Umoru Altine, has revealed that his father late Alhaji Umoru Altine, quitted Sokoto State because of election into federal house of representative, Tambuwal federal constituency, Sokoto State.
The Son made the striking revelation on Christmas day when Senatior Shehu Sani paid familiarization visit on the wife of the late Mayor of Enugu Munispal at their resident in kaduna state.
He said his father, now late, who was two times Mayor of Enugu, was not happy that he was forced to step down before the primary election for his opponent, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, also now late.
“My name is Abdulkareem Balarabe Umoru Altine, Son of the first mayor of Enugu. Late Umoru Altini is from Sokoto. “My father was a prince from Sokoto caliphate. He left Sokoto because of Tambuwal house representative federal constituency election he contested with late Shehu Shagari.
“He left because he was forced to step down for Shagari before the primary election. That was the reason he left Sokoto and continue with his political ambition in Enugu, where he contested for Mayor of Enugu Munispal under NCNC party and won”, said.
Abdulkareem further stated that, “The second time his father contested, Dr.Nnamdi AZikiwe wanted him to stepdown for somebody, but he refused. He then continue as independent candidate and won as Mayor of Enugu the second time”, he said.
According to him, at that time Enugu was the headquarters of the Eastern region.
“He was so popular that even market women protested in his support, in Enugu, that was why he left NCNC, and still won.
“Uptil today there’s no recognition for us his family from Enugu, Sokoto or Nigeria federal government. He left Enugu there because of Biafra war as a northerner, you know “, the lamented.
Umaru Altine, a cattle dealer, had left the Sokoto province to sojourn in Enugu. There he married an Igbo Lady, Esther, and was president of the Enugu branch of the youth wing of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC). He was a completely detribalised Nigerian. End
Earlier, Senator Shehu Sani said the historiy behind his two times victory as a winner of elections into the exalted office as Mayor of Enugu, the then Capital of old Eastern region, was the reason for his visit to the family but only to discovered that he’s part of the family.
According, to Senatior Sani, Alh Altine is such a unique personality who stand for peace and unity and deserved National honour in his name as the only Nigerians who has set such record for been a true liberate person who’s loved by igbos earned him Mayor, twice in elections with protest support from Igbo women, even over and above the president Zik’s candidate.
Shehu Sani called on government to honour him by name Niger bridge after him and give recognition to his family especially the late, Hajiya Aishatu .