Like any other ‘rise and fall’ story, this is a sad one. Popular group P-Square, made up of twinniez Peter and Paul have gone separate ways. The brothers, who rose to fame with hits like Ifunanya, Do Me, No One Like You and many more have been rumoured to be in bad blood for some time now, with most of this being attributed to the fact that they got married. Maybe true, most of their issues have been because of their women.
Earlier yesterday it was reported that Peter had gone to their lawyer and asked him to terminate the group. However, matters have escalated and a video doing rounds online shows the two going physical in the lawyer’s office with one brother repeatedly asking, “Because of your wife?” Their lawyer has however said that their rift is not related to any woman, and it remains to be seen whether the two will bounce back. The group that once ruled the continental airwaves has been dormant in a while, with the two doing solo projects, something that was never thought of before.
There are so many allegations flying around, with Peter allegedly accusing Paul and Jude of foul play. He says Paul cancelled two of their tours without his knowledge, while it initially had been. He also alleges that he tried to resolve things last year and they all agreed to release videos apologising online, but only he did so while the other two (Paul and Jude) didn’t, making him look like he was the guilty one.
Peter also says that his life is in danger as Jude has threatened him and his family, something that their lawyer Festus Keyamo speaks opposite to. He released the statement below;
Our attention has been drawn to the on-going feud between the P Square brothers in online, print and electronic media. We have also been inundated with calls from the media to authenticate the correspondence Peter Okoye sent to our office, indicating his intention to terminate the contract between the brothers for various reasons and the online video showing a purported scuffle between the brothers in our Chambers.
Firstly, while it is obvious that none of these materials were released from our Chambers, we are thoroughly saddened and embarrassed by these developments. As their close friends and lawyers over many years, we have done our very best to manage their differences over time and very prominent personalities have been invited in the past to intervene.
We are well aware that we have a duty to keep the details of their disagreements confidential, so we shall say nothing here on the issues at stake. But since the disagreement is now in the public domain, and our name has been dragged into the fray, we wish to appeal to members of the public to refrain from jumping into uninformed conclusions about this feud.
None of these talented brothers are at fault. None of them is also wholly justified and correct in their individual positions. We also wish to state categorically that, contrary to widely held opinions, none of their wives are at fault. In fact, the wives have kept their respectable and dignified distances from all the issues involved. THEY HAVE NEVER INTERFERED in any way.
We also want to state that whilst all the three brothers may have genuine grievances, nobody’s life is at risk. All the various incidents that happened in our Chambers (some as late at 12 midnight and 2 am and one of which was captured in the online video) arose out of various meetings that were genuine attempts at resolving their differences. Whatever was said by all of them that were provocative were done in the heat of passion, emotion, and anger. In fact, the incident in the video circulating online happened sometime aroundMay 2016. After all those arguments, we all still sat down and signed agreements and we were all happy.
So, we appeal to everyone to please grant the Okoye family the privacy, prayers, and support that they need at these trying times. I have also appealed to all of them not to grant further interviews at this point so as not to escalate the issues further. Whatever is going on is the usual siblings’ rivalry experienced in most families. It is nothing unusual.
We are of the strong opinion that the brothers would eventually put away their differences and come back stronger.
Yours most trusted,
FESTUS KEYAMO, SAN, FCIArb (UK)
Head of Chambers
Is it the end of one of the most popular groups in Africa?