‘Against the Run of Play’ - A Review

Author: Olusegun Adeniyi

Publisher/Publication date: Kachifo Limited/2017

Length: 204 pages

The year 2015 was a politically interesting year in 2015. It was the first time an incumbent President would be unseated in the most unpredictable circumstances, or maybe not. In Against the Run of Play, Mr. Adeniyi details in a succinct manner, the series of events, actions, inactions, political calculations and miscalculations that contributed substantially to the defeat of the ruling party that had been in power for 16 years since 1999. It highlights the political undercurrents and the drama that marked a new chapter in Nigeria’s democratic experience.

It is a story of the efforts of the opposition to become the ruling party at the federal and state levels. The opposition itself was a marriage of convenience of 3 political parties representing different geopolitical interests. The author highlights the origin of the grievance and eventual exodus of some governors from the then ruling party to join the camp of the newly-formed opposition party.

Against the Run of Play captures the intrigues of 2015 general elections in an ingenious manner. I believe the reader will have a great time reading the book. I highly recommend it. In my notes on the back page after reading the book on the night of June 2, 2019, I remarked that the author’s “piecing of the political intrigues at play leading to the 2015 elections is both masterful and ingenious”.


This is the second book by Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi I have read in two years, the first being ‘Power, Politics & Death’ which I read in 2017. On a regular basis, I follow read his column with ThisDay newspaper.

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