Abdul Rahman Abdul Razaq, 58 (born February 5, 1960), is a businessman and philanthropist turned
politician. He is currently the governorship candidate of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress
(APC) for Kwara State, in North Central Nigeria.
Abdul Rahman’s desire to serve his people began in 2011 when he ran for the office of Kwara
governor under the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), a party founded by the
country’s incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari. However, he is better known for his exemplary
business acumen and his indomitable can-do attitude
Born in Zaria into the family of the first lawyer from the country’s northern region, AbdulGaniyu F.
(AGF) Abdul Razaq (SAN) who holds the prominent traditional titles of Mutawalin Ilorin and Tafida
of Zazzau (Zaria), Abdul Rahman a muslim, comes from Ilorin West local government, which is in
the Kwara central senatorial district of the state. He speaks Yoruba, English and Hausa languages
Abdul Rahman attended Capital School Kaduna between 1966 and 1968; Bishop Smith Memorial School
Ilorin between 1970 and 1971; and Government College Kaduna where he sat his West African School
Certificate Examination (WASC).
As a young man, Abdul Rahman opted to become an entrepreneur. Hence he makes no pretence to higher
educational degrees save for several short executive management courses.
Abdul Rahman’s innate entrepreneurial spirit drove him to making history at the age of 31 when he
founded Nigeria’s first indigenous oil and gas trading companies, NOPA Oil Services and First Fuels, the
first indigenous company to lift crude oil and petroleum products to the United States, Europe and Asia.
His success story inspired other young people who also have become accomplished oil & gas magnates.
Renowned for his immense knowledge of the petroleum industry, his managerial skills and competence
cut across agriculture, construction, information technology, shipping and real estate. He is a consultant to
various multinational oil companies and governments including Ghana and Cote D’Ívoire.
Abdul Rahman’s humanitarianism in Kwara began long before his foray into partisan politics. This
included educational sponsorship of indigenes, granting of scholarships, and provision of potable water in
disadvantaged areas of the state. Hundreds of women and youths have also benefited from his
empowerment schemes, vocational training, provision of start-up capital for small scale businesses and
provision of tools post vocational training.
Abdul Rahman is also a renowned supporter for the cause of people living with disabilities. His
contributions include donation of Braille, educational aids and equipment to School of the Blind in Ilorin
and Pacelli School of the Blind in Lagos.
His philanthropy transcends Kwara State or Nigeria. As an investor, he has been involved in Corporate
Social Responsibility projects and donations in Cote D’Ívoire. Abdul Rahman partners with the Children
of Africa Foundation whose brainchild is the Mother-Child Hospital. His philanthropy knows no bounds.
A great football enthusiast, Abdul Rahman has contributed immensely to sports development in Nigeria.
He is known to sponsor football tournaments across various wards of his native Ilorin West, with
participating clubs getting jerseys, trophies and cash rewards.
Abdul Rahman’s father, Alhaji AGF Abdul Razaq (SAN), is a prominent statesman who fought for
Nigeria’s Independence and a Federal Minister the First Republic in 1965. At the dawn of democracy in
1999, Abdul Rahman’s brother Dr Alimi Abdul-Razaq was the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Kwara
State Governorship candidate in 1999. His sister Senator Khairat Razaq-Gwadabe was the Senator
representing the Federal Capital Territory from 1999 to 2003.
It therefore comes as no surprise that Abdul Rahman has become a politician. He ran for the office of
governor as the CPC candidate in Kwara State but lost to PDP’s Abdulfattah Ahmed in 2011. In the 2015
General Elections, Abdul Rahman ran on the PDP ticket for the Kwara Central Senatorial Seat.
Followers of Kwara politics say Abdul Rahman has an appreciably strong political structure and goodwill
spanning the state’s three senatorial districts, oiled with numerous social empowerment programmes, free
healthcare services and community interventions.
Abdul Rahman has been a consistent critic of the poor governance in his native Kwara State, one of
Nigeria’s first generation yet least developed states. He believes the state deserves a clean break from the
status quo, presenting himself as a dependable wealth creator and effective manager of human and
He won the gubernatorial primary election in the October 2018 APC’s keenly contested direct primaries,
Abdul Rahman was declared the party’s candidate for the governorship election slated for 2nd March,
2019. His earliest mainstream backers include heavyweights like Muhammad Dele Belgore (SAN) and
Ambassador Yahaya Seriki who stepped down for the businessman two days before the primaries.
Abdul Rahman Abdul Razaq is married with children.