Umaru Altine (1958); First Mayor Of Enugu - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Umaru Altine (1958); First Mayor Of Enugu

• Umaru Altine

A Fulani cattle rearer from Sokoto, Mallam Umaru Altine, who was married to an Igbo woman, Esther Ozueh, contested for the seat of the Mayor of Enugu in 1952  and won.

So, Mallam Umaru Altine became the first elected Mayor of the Enugu Municipal Council. A post he held till 1958.

In his first term, he had run as an NCNC candidate but in the build-up to the elections for his second term, the NCNC asked him to step down for another candidate but he refused and was forced to resign from the NCNC.

Nevertheless, he ran as an independent candidate and defeated the NCNC candidate, D.T Inyang, by 117 to 53 votes. In fact, in his ward, he was returned unopposed.

Thus, Mallam Umaru Altine, a Fulani man from Sifawa, in the then Sokoto Province, almost 700 miles from the Eastern Region, and who had lived in Enugu for less than 5 years at the time, became the first Mayor of the Capital of the Eastern Region. 

Source: HistoryVille

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