Kente told journalists on Monday in Jalingo, the state capital, he had forwarded his resignation letter to the Clerk of the assembly.
The Speaker said he took the decision in the interest of peace in the state.
Kente was elected Speaker in November 2013, following the death of his predecessor, Mr Haruna Tsokwa.
He thanked the people of the state and members of the seventh assembly for their cooperation during his one year tenure as speaker.
The member representing Takum II Constituency, Hon. Mark Useni, has been sworn in as the new Speaker, while all other principal officers of the House maintain their positions.