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FILE PHOTO: The All Progressives Congress (APC) office is pictured in Benue, Nigeria April 11, 2018. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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By Felix Onuah and Camillus Eboh

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's ruling party has split after a faction declared that it no longer supports the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, threatening his hopes of a securing a second term in an election scheduled to take place this year.

A group of politicians who were part of the All Progressives Congress (APC) told a news conference in Abuja late on Wednesday they had formed a new faction, led by former Buhari ally Buba Galadima and called Reformed-All Progressives Congress (R-APC).

"The APC has run a rudderless, inept and incompetent government that has failed to deliver good governance to the Nigerian people," Galadima, national chairman of the R-APC, said, describing the new faction as the authentic representatives of the APC.

(Additional reporting by Paul Carsten; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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