Zailani’s election followed the resignation of the former speaker, Alhaji Aminu Shagali.
Shagali submitted his resignation letter to the Clerk of the House Alhaji Bello Zubairu earlier on Tuesday, citing the personal reasons for the decision.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, however, that some of the lawmakers had planned to impeach the former speaker, accusing him of ineptitude.
At the assembly sitting on Tuesday, the clerk declared the speaker’s seat vacant after reading out the resignation letter.
He thereafter called for the nomination of a new Speaker, and Alhaji Sulaiman Dabo, representing Zaria city, nominated Zailani for the post and was seconded by Bako Kantiok-Emmanuel, representing Zonkwa Constituency.
Zailani, who was the Deputy Speaker, was subsequently endorsed by the lawmakers as the new speaker.
Meanwhile, Alhaji Muktar Hazo, representing Wusasa constituency, has been endorsed as the new Deputy Speaker, to replace Zailani.
Alhaji Shehu Yunus Panbeguwa, representing Kubau Constituency nominated Hazo for the post and was seconded by Yusuf Mugu of Kaura Constituency.
The two were later sworn-in by the clerk.
The new speaker has adjourned the assembly’s sitting to March 3.(NAN)