When The Ps No Longer Squares In Psquare

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - WEEKEND BEATS - By Daniel Anazia

THE split be­tween the Psquare broth­ers is no more news. Lat­est gist is that the broth­ers are back as one fam­ily like they have al­ways been. This is fol­low­ing an apol­ogy video re­port­edly re­leased by Peter (Mr. P) on Thurs­day, which he has come out to de­bunked.

Writ­ing on his In­sta­gram and Twit­ter page through his han­dles, @Peterp­square, Mr. P as he now ad­dressed stated: “The apol­ogy video y’all saw was last year…i didn’t put up any apol­ogy video. #MRP.”

Aside ef­forts by their lawyer, Fes­tus Keyamo (SAN) to bro­ker peace be­tween the brother, theirs fans have also taken to the so­cial me­dia plat­forms to call both of them to or­der, which they have re­spec­tively re­acted to.

Peter in re­ac­tion wrote on his In­sta­gram page @Peterp­square, “Please enough of the shades, my brother and I have moved on. I have even called my­self an up­com­ing artiste.”

“Please al­low me to have my peace, show­case my­self to world and en­joy with my fam­ily. I’m ex­pect­ing you to do the same. It is not a com­pe­ti­tion and it is not healthy. My brother and I have moved on, I am very sure we will def­i­nitely do songs again in fu­ture. I wish all the best bro…noth­ing but love,” he added.

Mean­while, Paul (Rude­boy) on his part through his han­dle @rude­boyp­square wrote: “Please guys stop tag­ging me in any beer par­lour or restau­rants ap­pear­ance in Amer­ica…i’m in Nige­ria.”

Peter had ear­lier shed more light into the cause of the ir­rec­on­cil­able squab­ble be­tween him­self and his twin brother. Ac­cord­ing to him, the last fight, which ended the group’s mar­riage, ought to have hap­pened two years ago just be­fore the re­lease of their last stu­dio al­bum, Dou­bletrou­ble.

He said, “What’s hap­pen­ing now should have hap­pened then. Four years ago, I told Jude he needs to step down as our man­ager, be­cause I didn’t want to dis­re­spect him as a brother. This is busi­ness, and we have to struc­ture it. But he (Jude) said to me that there is a way I should talk to him and he threat­ened to slap me, so I kept quiet. Few hours af­ter, Paul came to me and said if I want to step down it wasn’t a prob­lem, but it meant that he (Paul) would go solo.”

“The first time word got out about P-square break­ing up, a lot of peo­ple called us; se­na­tors, gov­er­nors, and peo­ple like that. 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 through­out the flight. At the end of the day, I swal­lowed my pride for peace to reign and al­lowed Jude to re­main as our man­ager,” he added.

On Mon­day, Septem­ber 25, the so­cial me­dia be­came abuzz with news of a let­ter re­port­edly writ­ten by Peter (Mr. P) to the group’s lawyer, Fes­tus Keyamo, leaked. In the said let­ter, Mr. P asked for the ter­mi­na­tion of his con­tract with the group.

As if the leaked let­ter was not enough to con­vince fans about how se­ri­ous the spat in the group was, a video was re­leased on Tues­day, Septem­ber 26, show­ing the broth­ers try­ing to ex­change blows in the cham­ber of their lawyer.

Jude Engees Okoye (el­der brother and man­ager of the group) in the video was seen threat­en­ing he did en­sure Peter ends up in a cof­fin should he ever set foot in his house. Paul (Rude­boy) on the other hand was seen shout­ing ‘shame on you’ to Peter’s face and at­tempted to hit him with a punch but was aptly pre­vented by some­one who held him by the waist.

Week­end­beat gath­ered trou­ble be­tween the broth­ers started again in Au­gust 2017, when Peter launched a scathing at­tack on Jude on Twit­ter an­nounc­ing he was no longer the group’s (Psquare) man­ager, adding that who­ever does any busi­ness with him ‘does so at their own risk.’

Some fans had blamed Lola, Peter’s wife as the cause of the spat. She had taken to In­sta­gram to con­grat­u­late Jude and his wife on the ar­rival of their new baby girl only to be met with com­ments from fans ac­cus­ing her of be­ing the rea­son why the Okoye fam­ily are beef­ing each other.

In de­fense of his wife, Peter, gave de­tailed rea­sons they are go­ing their sep­a­rate ways. He said, “Some­thing hap­pened at Mavin Stu­dios last year (2016) that broke my heart. P-square fea­tured on songs with J-martins, Bracket, LKT, 9ice and these four songs were done by Paul alone, but guess what, did I ap­pear in the videos? Yes.

“We have other col­la­bos with Kaha, Darey, Rugged­man. I did these songs alone. How come they don’t have videos? Paul re­fused to ap­pear in the videos. So I told Paul that when next he does a col­labo alone, he should be in the video alone, be­cause it got to a point where artists be­gan to feel if they did a col­labo with Paul it (would) get a video, but if it was me, it (wouldn’t) get a video.

“The last col­labo we did was with Flavour and I re­fused to do an­other one. Even Flavour had to speak all the Igbo he knows to con­vince me be­fore I agreed to do it. Only for my brother to come and tell me that ‘Shey I thought you said you won’t ap­pear in any video I did the col­labo alone? Why did you ap­pear on this one?’ I was sad but I knew an­other one will come.”

Re­act­ing to the messy fight be­tween the Okoye broth­ers, singer Obiora Nwakolo­bia (Obi­won) wrote: “I’m pained; I'm not a fan of ev­ery­thing they sing (ob­vi­ously), but I have ad­mired the sheer zeal and ex­cel­lence they have ded­i­cated to their craft, ever since we first met at Eko Fm 2004. For­ever was one of the pure love songs wifey and I danced so heartily at our wed­ding re­cep­tion.”

Co­me­dian Bright Okpocha aka Bas­ket­mouth @bas­ket­mouth: “Why una no wait un­til af­ter my show on Satur­day be­fore una fight this fight? You guys are dis­tract­ing my pub­lic­ity naaaa!!!! Wetin sef!!!!

For The Bo­ogy­man @iam_oye­bode: “If it was 7 years ago Psquare wanted to split I'd be sad cos af­ter ‘Game Over' their game ac­tu­ally be­came over.

Ro­timi Daramola @Mr_ro­timi: Well...who cares about Psquare when we've got Skuki


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