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I 90 anni dell’onorevole Cosimo Abate

I 90 anni dell’onorevole Cosimo Abate

“Nunc dimittis”. Ha usato le parole del cantico di Simeone, l’onorevole Cosimo Abate, per iniziare la prolusione di ringraziamento per la cerimonia organizzata in consiglio comunale nella giornata di ieri in occasione della celebrazione dei suoi 90 anni. Nato il 18 dicembre del 1921 a Maglie, Abate, “un socialista del sud” come ha voluto intitolare il suo libro autobiografico di qualche anno fa, fu dichiarato all’anagrafe dalla madre Agata e dal padre Achille dopo qualche settimana, secondo l’usanza dell’epoca e precisamente il 2 gennaio dell’anno successivo. Maestro elementare, giornalista della Gazzetta dello Sport e del Messaggero nonché deputato della Repubblica, Abate ha attraverso gli anni gloriosi del boom economico raggiungendo in breve tempo incarichi di responsabilità come la presidenza dell’Istituto case popolari (fu sotto la sua guida che si diede inizio alla costruzione del rione Immacolata a Maglie, allora chiamato “Le donne”) o dell’ospedale magliese, in un’epoca in cui tutti i posti di comando erano appannaggio della Democrazia Cristiana.

Un personaggio di spicco, molto amato in città e capace, come lui stesso ha ricordato, di muovere folle numerosissime durante i suoi comizi in giro per la Terra d’Otranto. Alla cerimonia sono intervenuti molti dei suoi compagni di partito, ma soprattutto molti dei suoi avversari politici che hanno voluto onorare una figura ormai quasi leggendaria della scena amministrativa del dopoguerra. Un commosso omaggio è arrivato dal senatore Giorgio De Giuseppe che ha ricordato quanto essere su fronti opposti non abbia mai significato mancanza di riguardo: “I nostri scontri epici in consiglio comunale -ha raccontato De Giuseppe- dove tu Cosimino hai trascorso quasi 40 anni, dal 1956 al 1993, hanno segnato un’epoca contrassegnata non dall’asprezza ma dal rispetto”. L’onorevole Abate ha ringraziato tutti in particolare la famiglia, non mancando, con il suo buonumore, di catturare l’attenzione dei presenti. Una tratto fondamentale del suo carattere che in gioventù gli ha causato anche qualche piccolo rimbrotto da uno dei padri della nazione, Sandro Pertini che alla Camera rimproverò aspramente l’esuberanza del giovane collega. Il sindaco Antonio Fitto ha quindi consegnato al “consigliere decano”, Cosimo Abate la targa ricordo sottolineando l’onore per la città di annoverare tra i suoi figli un personaggio di tale levatura.

Maurizio Tarantino

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