In one of my recent posts some few hours ago,I reported that Paul Okoye wrote a very emotional messsage to his bother Peter Okoye over the split of P-square and I promised to bring a follow up on the story should any advance evolve.Incase you missed that,you could read it here;Paul Okoye Of P-Square Sends A Very Emotional Message To His Brother Peter Okoye Over Their Split
Yes,there has been a recent development and guess what,Peter Okoye,the eldest among the twin brothers who make up P-square,has finally opened up about all that surrounded the split/’publicity’ stunt as many will term it.
He had an exclusive interview with one of the biggest blogs in Nigeria some few hours ago and had a lot to say. Peter actually admitted that there is something wrong with P-square and that even though they live just a building apart,they haven’t performed since December 28th 2015. He said all this started some four years ago and he had been condoning it until now because he couldn’t take it anymore.
He said he hadn’t felt very relieved in a long while until this bold decision since he always had that fear of being a member of P-square.
“Four years ago,I told Jude to step down as our manager because we didn’t have a structure and since he was my elder brother,I didn’t want to disrespect him,but Jude replied that I couldn’t talk to him that way and the next time I do,he will slap me”
Few hours after I asked Jude to step down as our manager,Paul walked up to me and said,Jude stepping down as our manager was no problem,but after he does,he (Paul) will go solo.
Peter continued,”In fact three of us were once in a private jet to go and see someone who wanted to resolve our issues and we didn’t speak to each other all through the flight. At the end of the day, I swallowed my pride for peace to reign and allowed Jude to remain as our manager”
‘I and Paul stay together in this estate and the last time I saw him was about a week ago.Truth is, I’ve not been in talking terms with Paul since December 2015 and that was why I travelled in January because I had a lot on my mind. Below are some of the pictures they shared online;Peter and Samuel Eto’o having fun and doing some business rounds.He even visited Chelsea Football Club.
Mr. P,recalled another sad moment of which something happened at the Mavins Studios.‘ Tiwa Savage called me, apparently Paul had gone to do a song with her, not the campaign song they are promoting now, another P-Square collabo entirely. So she called me that she’s been trying to reach Paul to get the CD of the song from him that he’s already done his part, so I went to Paul’s house to help ask for it and tell him that I want to go to their studio to do my verse and he said he doesn’t know where the CD is’.
‘I went to the Mavin studio to meet Tiwa, when I got there, she asked for the CD and I told her Paul didn’t give me any CD, so I called him again and gave the phone to Tiwa and told her on phone that the CD is at Omole, so I got into the studio recorded my verse and when I finished, everybody was clapping. I was surprised only to realize that Paul had gone to tell them that I don’t sing or write songs’.
‘I felt really bad and betrayed, but I covered up for him. I jokingly asked Teebillz if they gave him Red Label and he said yes, so I was like you guys caused it, and we laughed over it
Peter explained that he always had ideas and that most of P-Square’s ideas come from him(stage performances,video,things they put together for people to see). He lamented that whenever he came up such ideas,none of his brothers accept it.According to Peter,he doesn’t complain because people still love what they do, since there wasn’t much competition in the industry back then’.
‘As I speak to you right now, we don’t have any office, no structure. When this issue started about five years ago, our lawyer told us the way we run our business is wrong without a structure’.
He clearly stated how the whole thing started; ‘This whole thing began when Paul went online and started post lyrics of most of our songs on Instagram that he wrote them all, just because Peter brought in something to the table’.
I’ve been trying to bring more business for -Square I didn’t know it was going to cause problems. I sent my manager to a meeting in Senegal to meet with Universal music about getting us deals, and when he came back, the way they responded to him wasn’t encouraging’.
‘So I had to send Diouf, the footballer to help get the documents and convince my brothers before we could pull through with the deal. And after some months, we started making money. Meanwhile, while filling the forms, Jude filled everything as P-Square. So the first money came, we shared it. The second money was bigger, it came and we shared it too. That was when Paul said we had to re-fill the form and give proper credit to the songwriter (Himself) and if the form is not brought back, he’s going to expose me and tell the world that he writes all the songs’.
‘And the next day he went online to post those lyrics. So my question is, when he was doing that what did Jude do about it? Absolutely nothing!’
‘I remember I once told Paul something, when Jude was using the term ‘Our Money’ when he just became our manager, that was when we made our first 1 million. I called Paul and told him that our former manager used to make about 15%, now that Jude is our manager, let’s think of a percentage that we’ll be giving him and put it on paper’.Paul was like, it’s not necessary. Probably, he went to tell Jude about it.
Peter said his elder brother Jude boldly told himself and Paul that he (Jude ) is in charge of P-Square and nobody could do anything about it.
I’ve never seen where a manager talks to his artistes anyhow. If there’s any issue you should call us aside quietly to talk about it’.
‘First of all, if I as an artiste tells you to step down, and you say Paul and I cannot do anything, then there’s no other way I can take you out than going public’.
On December 14, 2015 we sat down to have a meeting hoping to be able to set a proper structure in place, but Paul noticed that it wasn’t working the way he wanted, so he said he wants to tell us that he’s starting a new group.
I thought he meant he wanted to start a record label, and he was like no, he’s starting a new group that he belongs to. And Jude simply said, ‘anybody stop you’? He picked up his phones and walked out of the meeting. I felt it had already been discussed behind me’.
‘I later found out that Paul is already recruiting the group and Jude is their manager. At the moment I heard they are called ‘The MVPs’ I don’t know what it means yet
‘So how do you expect me to be managed by the same person we’ve been having issues with, who is now the manager of the other group. There’ll surely be conflict of interest’.
And before I announced my management, I wanted my mind to be clear, so I went back to Paul, this time we were alone and we spoke a lot, I told him I had no issues with him, but he needs to stop letting Jude use him as a shield. Both of us started shedding tears, and when we finished he still said he hopes I’m not here to tell him that I still want P-Square and I told him I want to move on, because he already has a manager (Jude) and I don’t, so I had to structure myself too
‘And I didn’t want to allow the P-Square name to fade before moving on. Look at Don Jazzy and Dbanj, when they broke up, they waited for like 6 months and had to start again. Now, that P-Square just broke up, let me use the name to move on quickly, because there’s no time.
‘I am telling you the truth, I am moving on because people are already getting tired of this P-Square brouhaha, now I have my manager Olatunde Michaels and I expect everybody to respect that. I am a family man, a musician, singer and dancer, if I don’t move on, P-Square will collapse and there’ll be nothing left’.
‘Already Paul has done two songs without me but no one is saying anything, he did a song with his artiste ‘Muno’ with his name as Rudeboy did they feature me? He did a song with Tiwa Savage, did they feature me?’
Last week Yemi Alade sent me her album track list to help her share on Instagram, guess what I saw, she had a song with Psquare that I didn’t even know about. Only Paul did it’.
‘Because I announced a new management, people feel am the one going solo, but Paul has already gone solo, he’s moved on and didn’t need to announce any new management because he still works with Jude, so I had to announce mine and believe it or not, people are booking me for gigs already’.
‘And guess what, I’ll still perform P-Square songs, nobody can stop me, nobody can stop Paul too, we didn’t have a contract with Jude, so I have the right to perform P-Square songs especially the ones I took part in.
‘Because of what was happening, it was like two against one, so I said let’s share our properties. When I said that, Paul said if we want to share our properties, Jude must get the same share with us otherwise P-Square will split and I was like ‘SPLIT-AGAIN?’
Their lawyer paid them a visit in their estate to tell Paul it was wrong sharing everything equally with Jude but Paul insisted so they divided every property they owned in Lagos,Jos,America and Abuja.. In-fact the right and left wing of the Square Ville mansion belongs to Paul and Jude now.
He disclosed that rumours spreading all over that their wives are the main cause of their misunderstanding were all lies and that the three of them are the closest set of people anyone could imagine.He further said that,their wives’ relationship has somehow kept them together for long,otherwise P-square would have ended some few years back.
Peter’s final words in the interview were,‘The truth is I feel happy it has come, because I’ve been staying in P-Square in fear for the last four years. The situation now is, if you want P-Square to perform, you’ll have to get in touch with two management, I don’t care if you pay Paul’s management more than they pay me, once we are able to agree P-Square is still there’.
This is what Peter has to say,but then we still waiting for the other Okoye brothers to say their part of the whole story since we can’t judge them by what one party says.
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