In this 81st episode of The Africa Music Law Show, host Ms. Uduak, along with her guest Unwam Oduok, address the latest dispute between the P-square brothers. Specifically, the question is whether Peter’s actions of threatening legal action against his brothers Paul and Jude Okoye, among other things, may result in completely destroying the brand. In case you are unaware of the recent dispute between the brothers, read the following chronicle of events:
1. A week prior to, Peter Okoye told the media it really hurts when people see him as a dancer, a big thorn in the flesh for him.
2. Last week, Peter Okoye issued a disclaimer and threatened legal action regarding a concert in the Congo.
This goes out to all my Fans in Congo Specifically and the entire world in General.
My attention has been drawn to a much publicized show holding today 8th July, 2016 (VIP SHOW) and tomorrow 9th July, 2016, (in Goma) and on the 17th of August in Kinshasa wherein the name Psquare was used maliciously and mischievously to garner patronage and huge fans attendance as against the stage name Rudeboy which is used when my Twin Brother, Paul, and Co-owner of the stage name Psquare performs alone.
I never endorsed the usage of my name as the contractual terms presented were not favourable to me, thus I am not part of the show booked by our former manager Jude and I wholeheartedly disassociate myself from the unauthorized use of my Co-owned stage name (Psquare) and images for promotional and economic reasons without my express written consent or permission.
Contrary to the wild allegations making the rounds that I could not attend the show because I am sick and missed my flight along with my crew members, I wish to counter same and state categorically, that I am 101% healthy.
I shall take appropriate legal actions in the nearest future against the promoters and the sponsors of these events @airtel_congob for character assassination and malicious misrepresentation.
3. Airtel releases promotional video to Celebrity Blogger Linda Ikeji.
“Last night, Peter Okoye of P-Square took to his IG page to threaten to sue anyone who used his image in P-Square to book shows without his permission. He claimed he wasn’t aware of the show in Congo happening tonight and dissociated himself from the show…
Well, the video I received shows otherwise. Yesterday, I received an anonymous email from a staff at Airtel East Africa, who say not only was he aware of the show, he endorsed and promoted it…and they sent me exclusive video evidence. They claim he waited for them to start promoting the show before giving them outrageous conditions and then pulled out and went online to do a disclaimer. Watch the video of Peter Okoye promoting the Congo show with his brother Paul after the cut…”
4. Peter Responds to Video and Accuses his Brothers of Fraud
Again, my attention has been drawn to a publication specifically uploaded on Linda Ikeji’s Blog. For the umpteenth time and in order to set the records explicitly straight, I never stated that I was not aware of the show, I simply stated that the contractual obligations were not favorable to me. In fact I was authoritatively informed by the organizers of the show that the show had been cancelled 4 days ago whilst money paid had been fully returned.
It was, therefore, surprising to learn that the show was still scheduled to hold on 9th July, 2016 (@ Goma) and 17th August, 2016 (@ Kinshasa- VIP and Live concert) with the false statements being peddled that I was sick and unable to make the flight to Congo with my crew two nights ago to attend the show, in the first instance and my Twin Brother and Co-Owner of the Psquare brand granting a presumed Psquare press conference wherein he stated contradictory facts that I am not present because I missed my flight. This is gross deception at its peak and no one in his right thinking mind will allow such falsehood to fester.
I must reiterate that I owe my fans and by extension, fans of Psquare the obligation to speak the truth at all times and prevent a situation where the Psquare brand will be built on deception. It is my utmost belief that such a foundation based on falsehood will only create a damning consequence for the brand in the long run. The issue at stake here is fraudulent misrepresentation of my continued endorsement, participation and use of the Psquare brand without my consent or authority being sought or obtained. The purported Video posted on some blogs wherein it was alleged that I endorsed the show is self explanatory. In the said video, the days slated for the show to hold were 2nd July, 2016 @ Goma and 9th July, 2016 @ Kinshasa, however that video was recorded months ago. The show are slated to hold now on 9th July, 2016 @ Goma and 17th August, 2016 @ Kinshasa- VIP and Lives concert, thus it is easily discernible from the said Video that a new video was required but was not obtained due to inconclusive negotiations between my management and the promoters of the show.
I was told the show has been cancelled and money returned. I will not continue to fold my hands when there exists a situation calculated to foster disunity and lack of good faith with the brand. There are specific questions begging for answers here: How come Paul never advertised this show upon landing in Congo on any of his social media handles as its customary when artistes are scheduled to perform? Why did Paul say that I was sick and unable to make the show when in fact, I am hale and hearty? Why did Paul grant a Psquare press conference stating that I missed my flight and I will arrive for the show, knowing fully well, I am not aware of the continuance of the show?
All of these actions were calculated to deceive the fans and fraudulently misrepresent the facts all in a bid to make money in a none transparent manner and economically assassinate my character, goodwill and credibility. It is important to speak out for sake of posterity and of course, all my legal Arsenal will be deployed to ensure this fraudulent and mischievous act is addressed and any further recurrence prevented. Please Note that my loyalty will always remain to the brand PSQUARE.
Thank you. MR.P (Peter of Psquare) Cc
5. Paul Okoye Ignores, Performs and Posts his Performance on Social Media
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