Twenty two people were killed during the November 16 violent Bayelsa State election, Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson alleged on Monday.
Ten of them, according to the governor, were beheaded, their bodies mutilated and thrown into the sea.
Dickson, at an interractive session with reporters in Abuja, said: “I just set up a panel of inquiry on the killings during the poll. What took place in Nembe in particular was a massacre. What we saw was a tragedy of monumental proportion
“So far, 12 deaths were recorded. Their offence was being PDP members and for attending PDP rally. We have not heard the last of the brutality they visited on law-abiding citizens in Nembe.
“They also beheaded, mutilated and actually butchered some citizens of the state. From eye-witness accounts, the people they slaughtered and butchered were close to 10.”
The governor also said going by two judgments of the Federal High Court, the APC had no candidate in the state for the poll.
He said the PDP would pursue its pre-election cases to logical conclusion.
Dickson pointed out that the state had remained peaceful after the poll because he led the campaign against violence
He said there was no election in Nembe, Southern Ijaw, Ogbia and Yenagoa.
He added: “What happened in Bayelsa State was not an election but a democratic coup. The results were pre-meditated as collation officers were carefully selected. It was the first time the collation officers, who were trained in Benin, were coming to Bayelsa State.