23 shocking revelations about Psquare… from Peter Okoye’s emotional interview


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It has been an intense couple of weeks for Africa’s
famous duo- Psquare as both parties have thrown
daggers at each other through various media platforms.
However, it seems after a decade of providing a
fantastic musical experience for its fans, Psquare is
saying goodbye- at least from what Peter Okoye, who
has been a focal point in this whole controversy told
the NET newspapers in an emotion laden interview.
YNaija has compiled a list of 23 shocking revelations
about the group from the interview Peter had with the
entertainment newspaper.
1. Peter is moving away from Lekki court where him
and his twin, Peter both live to Parkview estate, in
2. The group have not performed together since
December 28, 2015.
3. According to Peter, the whole break up episode
happening now would have occurred in 2014 before the
release of their Double Trouble album.
He was quoted as saying “the fans should be happy
that we were able to drop the ‘Double Trouble’ album in
2014. What’s happening now should have happened
4. Peter revealed that he has stayed in Psquare up to
this point out of ‘fear’.
“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.”
5. Peter said he first brought up the issue of Jude
stepping aside as their manager in 2012 as he felt
Psquare needed a structure.
However, he said Jude shut him down by threatening
to land him a vicious ‘slap’ next time he brings up such
a topic.
“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.”
6. Peter also revealed that although they live in the
same estate he has not been on ‘talking terms with
Paul since December 2015’.
He however, said he talked to him sometime last week.
“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.”
7. Peter said Paul has been doing collaborations with
other artistes under the umbrella Psquare and he has
been appearing alongside his twin in music videos of
the songs.
However, Paul never did the same for him anytime he
worked with people on behalf of Psquare.
“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
“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’.”
8. Peter also said Paul told the folks at the Mavin
Studios that he doesn’t sing.
“Something happened at Mavin Studios last year that
broke my heart. 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
9. Peter revealed that most of Psquare’s ideas come
from him.
“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.”
10. According to Peter, decisions about Psquare have
always been taken using a triangle formation (Jude,
Paul and him) with the highest vote winning.
However, he doesn’t feel that can be effective anymore.
“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.”
“As time goes, we should get better, it shouldn’t be the
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.”
11. According to Peter, Psquare ‘has no office or
structure’ at the moment.
“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.”
12. Peter said that lack of structure had caused them
to falter, citing an incidence where they missed
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s daughter’s
wedding because they ‘quarelled’.
“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. 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.”
13. Peter told NET that it is disheartening the way
people label him as a dancer in the group. He said that
although it is true that Paul song writing skills were
better than his, however he feels that ‘not writing
songs does not disqualify him from being a musician.’
“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.”
14. Peter however, declared that in Psquare, he is the
‘creative person’.
“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.”
15. Peter said he feels Paul is ‘weak’ in regards to
standing up to their brother- Jude.
“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.”
“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.”
16. Peter also revealed that Paul had formed a group
behind his back called The MVP’s with Jude being
manager meaning that his twin and elder brother had
already planned to split from the group at first.
“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
“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
“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.”
17. Peter defended his recent social media rants saying
he did it to protect his and his brother’s ‘career’.
18. Peter revealed that the day he fired Jude was at a
concert when he got back from his Europe vacation
this year.
“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.”
19. Peter revealed how him and Paul both shed tears
when he went to tell him about his new management.
“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.”
20. Peter feels that they might have killed their mum
with this situation if she was still alive.
“To be honest with you, I feel if our mum was still alive,
we would have pushed her to her grave with this whole
thing. It’s really sad that even with everything going on,
I still stand with Paul.”
21. Peter revealed how Jude bodied him off signing
Cynthia Morgan and Jamb Question star Simi
“When I set up P-Classic records because people were
saying Psquare haven’t helped anyone, I saw the
success of Tiwa Savage and I was close to signing
Cynthia Morgan and Simi. Ask them they’ll tell you.”
“I remember Paul came to the studio and said he heard
I’m signing Simi and Cynthia, I said ‘Yes’, and he was
like ‘What will people see Jude as’, and I gave him
example of Drake and Young Money, Cash money.”
“Oscar (Producer of ‘Collabo’ ft. Don Jazzy) called to
tell me that they can’t sign the deal, because he heard
it’s causing problem in Psquare. Meanwhile Cynthia and
Simi were both going through the contracts I gave
them only for them to return it two days later that they
can’t do it.”
“Two weeks after, I was shocked to hear that Jude had
signed Cynthia Morgan, and she knows deep down that
she’s never going to get a Psquare collage.”
22. Peter also revealed that contrary to media reports
his mum wasn’t against his marriage to his wife, Lola
He then said that Lola was with his mum in her last
moments on her sick bed at St. Nicholas hospital.
“People think we changed when we started having
wives. Before my mum died, she was at St Nicholas
hospital on the island, and my sisters were living in this
house (in Lekki), and every morning before my wife
goes to work, she’ll leave home at 5am in the morning
to go and stay with my mum even before we get there
ourselves. And when she closes from work, she’s back
with her again.”
“So I just laugh when I hear people say my mum didn’t
like my wife. It’s my wife and sister that prepare my
mum’s meals in the kitchen.”
23. He said their wives have stayed clear of the whole
controversy as they are pretty close.
“Now let me shock you: our wives, the three of them
are the closest set of people you can imagine. Even
with all that’s going on. It’s really surprising. Somehow,
they respect themselves and stayed out of the whole
drama and I respect them a lot. And that’s somehow
what has kept us together for this long, otherwise
Psquare would have ended like two or three years
back”, Peter told the NET.


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