George Boateng, the man contesting President John Mahama in the upcoming National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential primaries, went to the psychiatric hospital in Pantang on Monday to get his brain checked in a bid to prove his mental fitness.
Mr Boateng an NDC organizer at the Oyarifa branch has been branded as insane by party stalwarts including the General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia, his deputy Koku Anyidoho and Alban Bagbin, and his open declaration that he will legalise marijuana has also been described as a comic relief.
According to the presidential hopeful, his move to seek thorough psychiatric review is to prove his fitness to national executives of the NDC who want to mischievously disqualify him and ensure the president goes unopposed.
Mr Boateng claims he has picked intelligence that the party’s national executives have plotted to push him out of the race and he would resist such attempts.
“I have information that Asiedu Nketiah and the rest want to disqualify me on the basis that I’m mentally sick and I will never allow that to happen. So to ensure that they don’t use that against me, I have decided to go for a test at the Pantang Hospital by 10am sharp today. The media can follow me and cover the event as I want the public to be witnesses. I’m confident that the doctor after examining me will give me the clearance. After that is done, I’ll move straight to the headquarters for another form,” he indicated on Monday.
George Boateng was first to pick up nominations forms, but his intention to unseat the sitting president has generated controversies with the process leading to his acquisition of the forms resulting in the dismissal of two administrative officials at the party office for going beyond their mandate.
According to the party’s rules, it is only the general secretary who has the authority to issue the presidential nomination forms to a presidential aspirant.