Peter Okoye in Exclusive Interview Reviews Alot of Problems within Psquare

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Hello Clickedwapian Readers. Earlier in an Interview with Peter. It seems That Peter and Paul Okoye have settled their
differences and resolved to sing together albeit with
different managements.

However Peter Okoye had
granted an exclusive interview to the NetNG on Thursday March 17 about the genesis of the
problems within Psquare, Jude Okoye and the feud in
general. The interview took place at Peter’s home in
Lekki. It is a very long interview but it’s worth
reading.

Check Out What He said below

The issue was the fact that I was in Psquare
and it felt like I was in fear. If I don’t do this,
Psquare will break-up, if I don’t do that,
Psquare will scatter.

’Four years ago, I told
Jude that he needs to step down as our
manager, because I didn’t want to disrespect him as a brother, but this is
business, we have to structure it.

And Jude
said to me that there’s a way I’ll talk to
him, and he’ll slap me. So I kept quiet’. ‘So, a few hours after, Paul came to me and
said if I want Jude to step down it’s not a
problem, but it’ll mean that he (Paul) will go
solo.

The the first time word got out about
Psquare 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 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. Then the interviewer asks:

But you live in the same premises. Why is this so?

Peter said:- 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.

Something happened at Mavin Studios last
year that broke my heart. In regards to collabos with other artistes he said:

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Now listen to this, Psquare featured on songs
with J-Martins, Bracket, LKT, 9ice and these 4
songs were done by Paul alone, but guess
what, did I appear in the videos, YES’. ‘Now hear this, 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
collabo alone, he should be in the video alone,
because it got a point where artistes began to
feel if they do a collabo with Paul it gets a
video but if it’s me it doesn’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 that I did the collabo alone? Why did you
appear on this one?’. I was sad but I knew
another one will come’. So Tiwa Savage called me, apparently Paul
had gone to do a song with her, not the
campaign song they are promoting now,
another Psquare 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.

So when my assistant went to pick up the
CD, Paul and Jude started shouting at him to tell Peter that what is he doing at the Mavin
studio? He knows how we work. The next
day, I went to Paul and told him how I felt
when I heard what he said. Only for Jude to
say that he made Paul the lead singer of
Psquare 8 years ago! A leader leads, he doesn’t destroy.’ ‘When it comes to decision ! making, it has
always been a Triangle formation, and the
highest vote wins.

I never used to complain
because we were all okay, but what has
changed now is the fact that we’ve grown.
You can make a certain decision based on how we used to do it and it may affect
everyone as an individual, but it gets to a
point when the decisions taken never gets to
be my own and I began to wonder if anything
is wrong’. ‘I always get Ideas, most of Psquare ideas
come from me, and when I say Idea, I mean
materials we need to put out for people to
see, video, stage performances and all. But
when I come up with them, nobody wants to
accept it.

I didn’t complain because people still love what we do, but then again, there
wasn’t much competition in the industry
back then’. As time goes, we should get better, it
shouldn’t be same triangle deciding,
because if we continue that same way,
we’ll lose it.

All I want is a proper structure
in the sense that, we need to have proper
management, business managers and all’. ‘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’. ‘I’ll give you an instance’. We had to go perform somewhere once, and
because I had a slight argument with Paul, he
said he’s not going. The show was the
wedding of the President’s daughter,
because some times when we perform for
some certain people, they always talk to me, they don’t call Jude’. ‘I didn’t even know until we got to the
airport and at the end of the day we missed
the reception, but we finally performed at the
gala night, because when I got to the airport
my brother wasn’t there, and I became
confused on how I was going to explain to the President that we can’t perform? So I made up my mind to go with the band,
perform like that and lie that my brother was
sick.

So we left for Abuja and when we got to
the hotel dressing up my assistant manager
called that he was on the way to the airport
with Paul, so we had to wait for them to land in Abuja and that was why we couldn’t
make it on time to the reception’. ‘The president was mad. In fact Mama
Peace (Patience Jonathan) was really mad.
But we eventually made up for it with a
performance at the Gala night. Only for Jude to say Paul said he wasn’t
going for a show and I still went on it with
it’. ‘Imagine if Jude had a proper structure and
we had contracts? That wouldn’t happen.
And it was more because the show came
through me. If the show came through Jude it
wouldn’t have happened. I don’t have a
problem with doing things as a family, but then the structure and proper organization is
important too. The name Psquare is very big
outside but inside we have no structure, I see
people like Audu of Chocolate City, Mavin
Records, even Ubi Franklin and I wanted us to
have a structure like that. Psquare is just up there because of the grace of God.’

So I made up my mind to go with the band,
perform like that and lie that my brother was
sick. So we left for Abuja and when we got to
the hotel dressing up my assistant manager
called that he was on the way to the airport
with Paul, so we had to wait for them to land in Abuja and that was why we couldn’t
make it on time to the reception’. ‘The president was mad. In fact Mama
Peace (Patience Jonathan) was really mad.
But we eventually made up for it with a
performance at the Gala night. Only for Jude to say Paul said he wasn’t
going for a show and I still went on it with’. ‘Imagine if Jude had a proper structure and
we had contracts? That wouldn’t happen.
And it was more because the show came
through me. If the show came through Jude it
wouldn’t have happened.

I don’t have a
problem with doing things as a family, but then the structure and proper organization is
important too. The name Psquare is very big
outside but inside we have no structure, I see
people like Audu of Chocolate City, Mavin
Records, even Ubi Franklin and I wanted us to
have a structure like that. Psquare is just up there because of the grace of God.’ In response to being labeled a dancer he says: ‘It’s really sad that people have labeled me ‘Dancer’, and people don’t really
know what I do for Psquare. Kudos to Paul,
I’m not a good songwriter, in-fact I’ll rate
myself 30%, so when it comes to song
writing, I give it to Paul 100%.
‘However, not writing songs does not disqualify you from being a musician.

I can tell
you for free that a Nigerian wrote two of the
songs on Rihanna’s new album. I’ve
travelled a lot and most times people ask,
‘which one are you, the singer or the
dancer’? And it’s really sad’. In Psquare, I am the creative person, I can sit ! down and
tell you what people want to hear, what they
want to see and what they want to learn from
Psquare.

But it’s not something to brag
about’. Jude directs all our videos: ‘This whole thing began when Paul went
online and started posting lyrics of most of
our songs on Instagram that he wrote the m
all, just because Peter brought in something to
the table’.
‘I’ve been trying to bring more business for Psquare 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 Psquare. 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.

I’m sorry to say this, but I think Paul is
weak’.You know they say change is
constant, you can’t stay at one spot, as the
industry moves, you move. So I won’t say
the problem we have is money. I think
everybody is just dragging power unnecessarily. Imagine Jude telling me that
he’s in charge of Psquare and there’s
nothing Peter and Paul can do about it, and I
look at Paul he’s quiet 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’.

WHY I called Jude out on social media

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 it actually happened two weeks
ago’. ‘Jude called me, after I had said he’s fired.
He called me on a Thursday to say ‘Hope
you know we are going to the embassy
tomorrow for that show in Holland’. I know
about the show, it was already booked before
the issues started, so I told him, ‘Bro you are not my manager, talk to my manager’. He
said, ‘Noted’. And the next day, they went
to the embassy with the new group
members, which means they had already set
up their interview at the embassy because
it’s not possible to get an appointment in less than 24 hours’. ‘

So I traced the organisers, and told them
that Jude does not represent us, he
re presents only Paul. I told them this is what it
takes to get Peter and Paul, Peter alone or
Paul alone’. ‘

So I went on social media to protect our
careers, because if I didn’t do it, Psquare
will not release any materials anytime soon,
they’ll be busy promoting their artistes’. And I remember going to talk to Paul about it
before I went on social media, I went to his
house he was in his room with his friend, and
I was like can he excuse us, I want to talk to
you and Paul said, no, his friend should stay,
anything I want to say should be said in front of him.

So I said, no, you know we are
brothers and he was like, ‘oh, na now you
know say we be brothers’. So I said, I came to talk to him about what’s
been happening, but it was turning into an
argument so I left and I travelled out. I was
away for over a month, knowing that we
didn’t have any show at that time. I went to
Turkey, London to rest my mind, my friend Samuel Eto’o invited me to come’.

HOW I FIRED JUDE

‘The day I fired Jude was at a concert. It
was the day I came back, we had a show, so I
went straight to the venue in Lagos and told
Jude I want to talk to him, and he said I should
say anything I want to say in front of
everyone. I was like that was the same attitude Paul gave me before I travelled’. ‘

So Jude was like if I like I should get out,
and I was like guy don’t embarrass me. He
said who are you, because you think you are
Psquare? So I told him openly that if he cannot
resolve me and Paul’s issue, he doesn’t
deserve to be our manager, and he said I should get out.

There and then I told him
‘You are fired’! He looked at me and said,
‘You fit fire me’?’.
‘That was when I entered my car and
started Tweeting.

How else can you take him
out?’ ‘Long before I made up my mind, Paul
already said there’s no more Psquare, If
Jude leaves he goes with him’.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 Psquare 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 Psquare
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 Psquare just broke up, let me
use the name to move on quickly, because
there’s no time’.

ON SIGNING SOLO ENDORESMENTS

‘Before I did the Olympic deal, I’ve
brought some deals for Psquare but the
people endorsing Psquare only see Peter and
Paul, but behind it’s Peter, Paul and Jude so
the price goes so high that it never
works’.

But when a deal comes to my table, it’s not like they called Jude and I went
behind to talk to them, the deal came directly
to me from Jude’s friend. He called me and
told me about it, and before then I had
already established my own beverage
factory and the deal coming was from PZ, which means I could do more business with
them, so should I lose that deal because they
didn’t call Jude?’ ‘And I asked them that why me and not
Psquare, they said they couldn’t afford
Psquare and more so the brand was tailored
to fit one person.

So I went back to tell Paul
and Jude and they didn’t say anything, they
didn’t ask me not to do it. Don’t get it wrong, we’ve been doing
different private businesses, the only
difference was that the Olympic deal had to
come out public.

I’ve been doing mass
housing projects on my own, Paul has been
doing real estate, Jude has been doing his own thing, he even went to do Northside
record label, so it’s not like it’s the first
thing I’m doing alone. It’s just the first one
that went public’. ‘

So even when I decide to open my
beverage factory, people will still say why am
I doing it alone without my brother’.

This just a Summary of what Happened and what Lead To Break Up of Psquare

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