Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has hailed the emergence of Professor James Ortese Ayatse over as the 5th paramount ruler of the Tiv nation, describing him as a man with the fear of God, honesty and integrity.
Governor Ortom who received the new Tor Tiv and his wife Felicia shortly after his emergence at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi said the transparent manner in which Professor Ayatse emerged as Tor Tiv shows the commitment of the Tiv nation to upholding fairness, truth and justice.
Governor Ortom said God had answered the prayers of the Tiv nation to have a paramount ruler who would be non-partisan and lead the people as one.
He said the outcome of the election has proven that he did not interfere with the process as he had earlier promised, saying that he was comfortable with the choice made by the kingmakers.
The Governor restated the resolve of his administration to accord the traditional institution its revered status while working with the new Tor Tiv and other traditional rulers to bring development to the people.
Responding, the Tor Tiv-elect, Professor Ayatse thanked God for making him ruler of the Tiv nation and pledged that God will be the King over the people while he as Tor Tiv would only be a servant of God.
He commended Governor Ortom for providing a level playing field for the selection of Tor Tiv the 5th, adding that he is aware of the problems confronting his people and would depend on the counsel of God in addressing the challenges.