Lagos lawyer and counsel to Nigerian hip-hop twins, Paul and Peter Okoye, popularly known as PSquare, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has absolved their wives of blame in the brothers’ feud.
He appealed to the public to refrain from jumping into what he called uninformed conclusions about the musicians’ disagreement. He made this known in a statement signed by him, where he said the Okoyes deserve some privacy, prayers and support during their trying times.
Keyamo said none of their family’s life was at risk as claimed. “None of these talented brothers is 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 is 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.”
Keyamo added that while the three brothers (including their manager Jude) may have genuine grievances, nobody’s life was at risk as claimed in media reports. “All the various incidents that happened in our chambers (some as late at 12 midnight and 2a.m. 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 was done in the heat of passion, emotion and anger. In fact, the incident in the video circulating online happened sometime around May 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,” Keyamo said.Peter, had on Monday, gave credence to the purported tales of separation of the musical group.
In a letter written to their lawyer, Peter was seeking to dissociate himself from the group, citing threat to life, disregard for his family and failure to honour past agreements as some of the reasons he cannot continue with the musical group.
He said although the decision to quit was a tough one, Peter noted that he has tried and exhausted all options to work things out, but that Paul is not willing to cooperate.