Linda Ikeji reports that Peter Okoye has finally broken up the P-Square Band. In relevant part, here is what she now reports on her blog:
“LIB can now exclusively confirm that Peter has sent a termination letter to their lawyer Festus Keyamo (SAN), demanding for a termination of the agreement between Psquare.
In the letter (which LIB has obtained), he defends his decision by making some serious allegations against his twin Paul and older brother/group manager Jude.
According to Peter, Paul is no longer willing to co-operate with him, even going as far as cancelling their planned US tour this year without informing him, and he (Peter) has exhausted all options to make it work.
He also accused Paul of slandering his wife and children with lies on social media, and alleged that they’ve now been receiving threatening messages.
Peter further accused his older brother Jude of once threatening to kill him and shoot his wife Lola. This allegedly happened in the presence of Paul and former first lady of Cross River state Mrs Imoke. Jude allegedly also threatened to bring a coffin for him (Peter) if he ever comes near his house.
Peter insists that he has had enough of the drama and wants out of the Psquare group and contract. The singer who now refers to himself as Mr. P, stated that he loves his brothers and their families, and he wishes them the very best in their careers. However he cannot betray his wife and kids as they are very important to him…” – LIB
Ms. Uduak’s Take
This breakup may be the worst breakup we have seen in Nigeria’s contemporary music industry. This is particularly so because it involves family members, strong and clashing egos, and there is also sustained and continued allegations of substance abuse among some members of the band which adds a mental health component to the mix and further exacerbates the issues. While we wait to see how this all plays out, the critical question is how will assets be split among these three?
I have answered that question in prior AML articles and podcast shows individually and with my entertainment law colleagues below.
Stay tuned. We haven’t heard the last from P-Square. I just hope it doesn’t have a terrible ending.
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